Sarah Nechuta, Ph.D., MPH

Dr. Sarah Nechuta is an accomplished member of the GVSU Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) faculty team.

Associate Professor
Master of Public Health program

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Dr. Sarah Nechuta is an Associate Professor for the Master of Public Health program at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University and her MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. She also received a BS in Lyman Briggs Human Biology, with an additional major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Health and Humanities from Michigan State University. During her doctoral training she completed a perinatal epidemiology fellowship funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Following her PhD, Dr. Nechuta completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in nutritional and cancer epidemiology where she was awarded Postdoctoral Fellow of the Year. She was also a National Institutes of Health (NIH) loan repayment award recipient for clinical research (2012-2015).  

Dr. Nechuta teaches Public Health Epidemiology and several epidemiology emphasis courses including Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Public Health, Cancer Epidemiology, Women’s and Children’s Epidemiology, and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. One of her passions is teaching students how to use data to design and conduct impactful data analyses for public health research and practice. In 2021, she was awarded the Graduate Student Association Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at GVSU. In 2023, she was awarded the Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award at GVSU.

Dr. Nechuta leads, collaborates, and mentors in many areas in epidemiology and public health research including cancer epidemiology, breast cancer survivorship, injury epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, perinatal epidemiology, and women’s health. She has led many complex epidemiologic data analyses using diverse data sources including large-scale cohort studies, case-control studies, data linkage studies, and administrative data (e.g., birth certificate, hospital discharge data, death certificate data, and prescription drug monitoring program data). To date, she has over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications in international journals (

Dr. Nechuta is the Editor for the Michigan Journal of Public Health. She also serves as an associate editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. She is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, American Public Health Association, and Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists. She is a board member for the Michigan Public Health Association (

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