Sarah Nechuta, Ph.D., MPH

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

Assistant Professor
Master of Public Health program


Dr. Sarah Nechuta is an Assistant Professor for the Master of Public Health program at Grand Valley State University. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University. During her doctoral training she completed a perinatal epidemiology fellowship funded by a T32 training program from the National Institutes of Health. She also has an MPH in Epidemiology with interdepartmental concentration in Public Health Genetics from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Human Biology with an additional major in Interdisciplinary Studies in Health and Humanities from Michigan State University. Dr. Nechuta completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Following her postdoctoral training, she was an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology at Vanderbilt University, leading multiple national and international research projects in cancer epidemiology, cancer survivorship, and women’s health. She joined the TN Department of Health in the Fall of 2016 to lead scientific and educational efforts as part of CDC-funded grants in the area of drug overdose and substance use and misuse. 

Dr. Nechuta continues to collaborate with Vanderbilt colleagues, currently leading a study of lifestyle and breast cancer survival using the Southern Community Cohort Study. She is conducting several epidemiologic studies in the area of opioid and other drug-related outcomes in susceptible populations, including a large five-year study of prescribing patterns during pregnancy and infant and maternal birth outcomes, to support prevention and intervention efforts. She has led TN’s successful participation in the CDC national surveillance system for fatal overdose deaths, which includes providing detailed data on all opioid overdoses in TN, including toxicology and death scene investigation data from medical examiners’ reports, with the goal of providing novel data for action to prevent future drug overdoses. Dr. Nechuta is an active member of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, including serving on several workgroups in injury and overdose surveillance methodology, and as a CSTE mentor. She has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute since 2015. Dr. Nechuta is passionate and committed to teaching and mentorship in epidemiology and public health. She is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for epidemiologic methods and diverse experiences in applied epidemiology and public health science with her students.

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