Dana-Marie Thomas

Senior Core Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Thomas is a Scholar-Practitioner with 20+ years of combined experience in health policy, biobehavioral/community health, mixed-methods applied research, human resources management, academic operations, and distance education policy/program management. Dr. Thomas earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration with an emphasis in Epidemiology & Community Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. While at UAB, Dr. Thomas was also a Scholar in the Health Disparities Training Program funded by the Morehouse School of Medicine and at UAB, by the Comprehensive Cancer Center; and a Postdoctoral Trainee in the Department of Preventive Medicine. She also earned a Master's in Tourism from Temple University where developed her interests in event design/production; medical tourism; and policy implications for health systems, particularly of destination countries. She is published in peer-reviewed academic journals specializing in public health. She has taught courses in PA and health sciences at the graduate level; and health administration at the undergraduate level. Dr. Thomas examines the interrelationships among individual, social, and environmental factors that shape health behaviors and prevent chronic disease /public policy. Her work focuses on gene-environment interactions in health disparities. She has conducted research/fieldwork on contextual determinants of chronic diseases, gynecologic cancers, taste genetics, and body image in women.

Courses Taught

PPPA 8004 - Foundations for Doctoral Studies

PPPA 8004I - Foundatios for Doctoral Students International

PPPA 8405 - Ethics and Social Justice

RSCH 8300P - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

MMPA 6240 - Cultural Compentency: Communicatio Skills for a Global Society

MMPA 6200 - Introduction to Public Administration


PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University

MTHM, Temple University

Awards / Honors

Coca-Cola Company Scientific Research Award, , 2009

NASPAA - Pi Alpha Alpha, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) - Dissertation, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006


Williams, K. Y., Thomas, D., Johnson, L. N. (2016). The Value of Personal Information.

Johnson, L. N., Thomas, D., Williams, K. Y. (2015). Traditional Teaching and its Effect on Research-Based Teaching: Science via Online Instruction. Science Education


Thomas, D. (2009). Higher Dietary Calcium Intake is Associated with Lower Risk for Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia in Women Infected with Carcinogenic Human Papilloviruses..