College of Health Sciences
Dr. Tarasenko holds a DrPH degree from the University of Kentucky, where she majored in both epidemiology and health services management. She also completed a post-doctoral Health Policy Fellowship with the AcademyHealth/National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Tarasenko is Certified in Public Health. She also holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Public Administration, and a law degree. Over the years, Dr. Tarasenko has provided conceptual, methodological (e.g., instrumentation and study design), and statistical (e.g., data collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and reporting) support for several university-, state-, and federal-funded projects, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies. She has also tested efficacy of theoretically and community-engaged intervention projects (e.g., on promotion of physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables and disease management). Dr. Tarasenko has also developed the implementation and evaluation plans. While teaching doctoral and more recently, undergraduate students, she tries to bring her research into the classroom. She is a strong advocate for organizing courses around service learning projects and providing students with hands-on learning experiences.