Karen Niemchick, Ph.D., MHS

Karen Niemchick, MHS

Assistant Professor
MPH Practicum Coordinator
Master of Public Health program


Dr. Karen Niemchick is an Assistant Professor, and serves as Practicum Coordinator for the MPH program at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in epidemiology from Walden University. She also holds a Master’s in Health Science from GVSU and a Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Toledo. Her dissertation evaluated cognition in elderly individuals based on concentrations of antioxidants in the blood serum.

Dr. Niemchick has worked in higher education for over 20 years teaching classes and laboratories in cell biology, human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and in clinical programs. Additionally, she has developed classroom curriculum and supervised a biological tutorial laboratory. She has been involved in service learning partnerships for the last six years. 

Dr. Niemchick's current interests lie in public health genomics and genomic education, and in several areas of human health including neurology and antimicrobial resistance. She serves on committees within APHA’s Genomics Forum. Current projects include a national study on genomic education, and the evaluation of consanguinity on educability and intelligence.

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