Angela Prehn

College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Health

Angela Witt Prehn currently is the Associate Dean/Academic Program Director for the PhD in Public Health Program at Walden University, and has taught and mentored in both the masters and doctoral programs since 2007. Her interest in psychosocial and cancer epidemiology, research and public health ethics, public health education, and policy development has been fostered through multiple projects and has resulted in numerous publications and presentations to date. Most recently, Dr. Prehn has been involved in looking at the effect of student cohorts on retention and sense of community in online programs. In addition, she has been part of a study team examining the knowledge and attitudes of public health educators towards people living with HIV/AIDS and their willingness to conduct rapid HIV testing. Dr. Prehn also has been involved in studies looking at the ethical and policy challenges surrounding surgical treatments for Parkinson’s disease. She has published a monograph on cancer incidence in Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino people in the United States and Asia, as well as several studies on cancer incidence, diagnosis and treatment, with a focus on breast cancer and Asian/Pacific Islander populations. She has been a project team member of the Minnesota Pandemic Ethics Project, a multi-stakeholder effort involving public engagement that was charged with developing ethical frameworks for the allocation of scarce health-related resources in the event of a severe influenza pandemic. Dr. Prehn is experienced in communicating complex health issues to health care professionals and the lay public, as well as working to understand the political and policy implications of major health findings. She received both her masters and doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.

Courses Taught

PUBH 6035 - Decoding the Science of Public Health: Epidemiology

PUBH 6638 - Practicum 1: Field Experience in Public Health

PUBH 9001 - Public Health Dissertation

PUBH 9100 - Doctoral Study Research Forum


PhD, University of California, Berkeley

MS, University of California, Berkeley

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College

Public Service

Achieving Dreams, Volunteer - Champlin

Awards / Honors

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Walden University, 2014

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, College of Health Sciences, 2014

Bernard L. Turner Award, Walden University, 2012


Cruz-Feliciano, M. A., Ferraro, A., Prehn, A. W. (2017). Substance use related stressors: Are they antecedents to substance abuse treatment utilization?. Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal

Santella, A. J., Fraser, J., Prehn, A. W., Boye-Codjoe, E. (2016). Willingness of Australian health educators and health promotion officers to conduct rapid HIV testing.. Health promotion journal of Australia : official journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals

Santella, A. J., Fraser, J., Prehn, A. W. (2016). Willingness of certified health education specialists to conduct rapid HIV testing: results from the promoting research on methods in screening expertise study. Health promotion practice

Packel, L. B., Prehn, A. W., Anderson, C., Fisher, P. L. (2015). Factors influencing physical activity behaviors in colorectal cancer survivors. American journal of health promotion

Camp, E. A., Prehn, A. W., Shen, J., Herbst, A. L., Strohsnitter, W. C., Hobday, C. D., Robboy, S. J., Adam, E. (2015). Factors associated with a lack of pap smear utilization in women exposed in utero to diethylstilbestrol.. Journal of women's health (2002)

Santella, A. J., Fraser, J., Prehn, A. W. (2014). The role of health education specialists in conducting rapid HIV testing. American Journal of Health Studies


Lewis-Keith, S., Kuo, W., Prehn, A. W. (2018). Predicting sexual assertiveness among Black women. International AIDS Society

Emerson, J. A., Prehn, A. W., Danawi, H., Zoppelli, L. (2017). A Quantitative Analysis to Determine Whether Clinical Trials are Proportionately Distributed Across Cancer Indications. Drug Information Association

Emerson, J. A., Prehn, A. W., Danawi, H., Zoppelli, L. (2017). Do the Variables that Predict the Number of Cancer Clinical Trials in the United States Differ by Sponsor Type?. Drug Information Association

John, A. K., Prehn, A. W., Tawfik, H., Reed, G. W., Kremer, J. M. (2016). Incidence and Factors Associated with the Development of Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) among patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis . American College of Rheumatology

John, A. K., Prehn, A. W., Tawfik, H., Reed, G. W., Kremer, J. M. (2016). Incidence of non alcoholic fatty liver disease by key risk factors among patients with rheumatoid arthritis. American College of Rheumatology

Kennedy, J., Prehn, A. W., Fufaa, G. D. (2015). Association of Social Characteristics and Obesity in Military Dependent Children. American Public Health Association

Morris, A., Prehn, A. W., Alexander, N., Anderson, P. B. (2015). Comparison of the Consumer Nutrition Environment Within Chain Supermarkets Located in Low and High Income Communities. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior