Karen Strazza, MPH

Adjunct Instructor
Health Behavior

Public Health Analyst
RTI International

RTI International
3040 E. Cornwallis Rd
PO Box 12194
Durham, NC 27709-2194

T: 919-990-8496
F: 919-541-6683


1991 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education
Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Disabilities
  • Global health
  • Health policy
  • Injury prevention
  • Obesity
  • Public health leadership
  • Violence prevention
  • Women’s health
Research activities


  • Developed curriculum and taught masters students in CBPR
  • Advisor for MPH community-based practicum education
  • For domestic and international groups, design and implementation of
    • CBPR trainings for public health practitioners and community partners
    • strategies to facilitate stakeholder participation in community-based public health initiatives
  • Planned and implemented public health interventions with academic, agency, and community partners in maternal and child health, women’s health, and violence prevention
  • Managed all phases of community-based public health research and training projects: proposal development, curriculum/project design, formative and outcome evaluation, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, budget administration, report writing

Primary teaching areas

  • Action-Oriented Community Diagnosis
  • Intervention Methods
  • Introduction to Injury and Violence Prevention

Primary Research areas

  • CBPR
  • Case studies – qualitative methods
  • Systems change – quality improve
Staff/administrative responsibilities

As HB adjunct:

  • Advisor on a special project
  • Classroom or continuing education lecture
  • Faculty research collaboration
  • Student research supervision
  • HB Student Career Information Day volunteer