Michelle Burcin

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Dr. Burcin currently serves as the Academic Program Director for the MPH and DrPH programs. Prior to this role, she served as the Academic Program Director for the three undergraduate programs (B.S. in Health Studies; B.S. in Healthcare Management; and B.S. in Public Health) within Walden’s School of Health Sciences. Prior to joining Walden in 2012, she served as the Director of Healthy Carolina at the University of South Carolina where she was responsible for the collaborative development, promotion and assessment of a wide-ranging array of wellness programs and research at the University of South Carolina. Under Michelle’s leadership, Healthy Carolina became a national recognized initiative developed to enhance student learning; improve the recruitment, retention and productivity of faculty and staff; and to be a catalyst for health research.
Dr. Burcin has served in numerous professional leadership roles including the Chair of the National Healthy Campus Coalition from 2008 until 2013. This multi-disciplinary coalition was responsible for developing Healthy Campus 2020 (the sister document to Healthy People 2020). Dr. Burcin has been working in the field of college health since 1998 and is a Fellow with the American College Health Association. Dr. Burcin has implemented more than 100 presentations, workshops and trainings on college campus, business, and conference across the country.


PhD, University of South Carolina

MPH, University of South Carolina

BS, University of Cincinnati

Public Service

American College Health Association, Board Member -

Awards / Honors

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2016

Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence, Walden University, 2016

Outstanding First Year Student Advocate, University of South Carolina, 2010


Armstrong, S. N., Henderson, D. R., Williams, B. M., Burcin, M. M. (2014). An evaluation of a college exercise leader program: using exercise science students as advocates for behavior modification. Journal of Physical Activity and Health

Armstrong, S. N., Burcin, M. M., Bjerke, W. S., Early, J. (2015). Depression in student athletes: a particularly at-risk group? A systematic review of the literature. Athletic Insight

Armstrong, S. N., Burcin, M. M. (2016). Digital Health Education for the Fully Online College Student: An Exploratory Study. American Journal of Health Education

Armstrong, S. N., Early, J., Burcin, M. M. (2018). New Media Tools Impact on Online, Health Science Students’ Academic Persistence and Support: Lessons Learned from Two Pilot Studies. TechTrends

Struble, C., Lindley, L., Montgomery, K., Hardin, J., & Burcin,M.B., Burcin, M. M. (2010). Overweight and Obesity in Lesbian and Bisexual College Women. Journal of American College Health

Armstrong, S. N., Burcin, M. M. (2015). Use mobile communication technologies to increase students’ feelings of connectedness and instructor sup-port. Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository


Burcin, M. M., Armstrong, S. N., Early, J. (2016). College Health 2.0: Assessing Healthy Campus 2020 Strategies Used by Universities to Reach Online, Non-Traditional Learners.

Armstrong, S. N., Burcin, M. M. (2015). College Health Promotion in the Digital Age. The 2015 International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges

Early, J., Burcin, M. M., Arneson, S. M. (2015). College Health Promotion in the Digital Age: Online Healthy Campus Strategies Used by U.S. Universities and Colleges.

Armstrong, S. N., Burcin, M. M. (2018). Health disparities and health equity: the online college student. American Public Health Association

Burcin, M. M., Smith, A. (2013). Healthy Campus 2020: Connect, Collaborate, and Create.

Burcin, M. M. (2013). Wellness for Life: The Healthy Campus Approach.