Montrece Ransom

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
B.S. Public Health

Montrece McNeill Ransom, JD, MPH currently serves as the Director of the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training within the National Network of Public Health Institutes. She is also an ICF Certified Empowerment Coach and DEI certified belonging strategist.

Ms. Ransom began her public health career in 2001, as a Presidential Management Fellow. Prior to taking on the role of Director at the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Training, Ms. Ransom spent almost 20 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the Lead for Public Health Law Training and Workforce Development with the Public Health Law Program. In this capacity, Ms. Ransom led CDC’s efforts to develop and deliver training and educational materials aimed at increasing the capacity of public health practitioners, health care providers, and their legal counsel to use law as a tool to advance community health goals.

Ms. Ransom also spends a lot of time working on career pathing and professional development with new public health practitioners and public health lawyers. She has presented trainings, taught courses, and published on a broad range of topics including public health emergency law, tribal public health law, health disparities, careers in public health, health policy, and environmental public health law.

She is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the American Bar Association's Health Law Section, where she co-founded the Public Health Policy Interest Group, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Diversity Coordinating Committee. And, she is the President-Elect of the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics.

She is the 2017 recipient of the APHA Jennifer Robbins Award for the Practice of Public Health Law, and the 2019 awardee of the ABA Health Law Section's Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award. She was recently selected as one of the Top 5 Coaches of 2021 by Entrepreneur Mogul.

A professional speaker and author, Ms. Ransom is the lead editor of the Springer published textbook, Public Health Law: Concepts and Case Studies and has been teaching on the collegiate level since 2008, and began as a Contributing Faculty member with Walden in 2014. At Walden, in the School of Health Sciences, she teaches Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (HLTH 3100) and the Capstone (HLTH 4900).

She has taught Ethics and Social Responsibility in Health Care, Healthcare Law and Regulation, Health Law and Ethics, Health Communication, Enterprise Risk, Creative Thinking, Employment Law, General Education, and Business Law at other colleges and universities.

Courses Taught

HLTH 4900 - Capstone

PUBH 4900 - Capstone

HLTH 3100 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Healthcare


JD, The University of Alabama

MPH, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

BA, Columbus State University

Public Service

American Society for Law, Medicine, and Ethics, Board of Directors - Boston

ABA Health Law Section Diversity Coordinating Committee, Member -

Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential, Member - Atlanta

Awards / Honors

Jennifer Robbins Award for the Practice of Public Health Law, American Public Health Association, 2017

Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, Member, The University of Alabama, 2001

Full Tuition Scholarship, The University of Alabama School of Law, 1998

Dean's Community Service Award, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2001

Certificate of Academic Honor/Communication Depart, Columbus State University, 1996

CDC Honor Award for Increasing the Numbers Trained, , 2015

CDC Honor Award for the Launch of the Public Health Law Academy (PHLA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018

CDC Honor Award for work on the Congressional Blac, , 2003

CDC Honor Award for work on the Model Aquatic Heal, , 2014

Best Paper-Corporate Law Seminar and Sex Discrimin, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2001

Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Service, , 2002

National Center for Environmental Health Employee, , 2011


Ransom, M., Goodman, R., Moulton, A. (2008). Addressing Gaps in Healthcare Sector Legal Preparedness for Public Health Emergencies. Disaster Med & Public Health Preparedness

Moulton, A., Ransom, M. (2005). Science, Technology, Law, and the Public's Health. The SciTech Lawyer

Ransom, M. (2001). The boy's club: How "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" creates a double-bind for military women. Law & Psychology Review

Shibley, G., Farquhar, D., Ransom, M., Caucci, L. (2014). Using Law and Policy to Address Chemical Exposures: Examining State and Federal Approaches. Capital University Law Review


Ransom, M. M. (2018). Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Exploring Medicated Assisted Therapy . American Health Lawyers Association

Ransom, M. M. (2018). Careers in Health Law . AccessLex Institute

Ransom, M. M. (2018). Where Does Your Organization Stand? A Strategic Perspective for Health Care Organizational Adaptation to the Opioid Crisis. American Health Lawyers Association

Ransom, M. M. (2018). Tribal Public Health Law 101: A Tool to Advance Tribal Public Health Law. SD Department of Health, Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and the Great Lakes Tribal Epi Center