Shanna Barnett

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

Dr. Shanna Barnett is a Core Faculty member in Public Health in the College of Health Science. She joined Walden University in 2013. Dr. Barnett received a Bachelor's degree at the University of Wyoming in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University and a Masters and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. Prior to joining Walden University, Dr. Barnett served as Associate Director of Research Planning and Development at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in the Department of Health Disparities Research. Dr. Barnett also worked as a researcher, assisting with community-based participatory research as the Director of the Administrative Core for the Center for Community Engaged-Translational Research.
Dr. Barnett currently resides in Houston, Texas however she is originally from Wyoming and her love for and passion of anything rural has always been the driving force behind her work and mentoring. Dr. Barnett’s primary research interests are around various issues in rural public health and rural health care. These interests span local and international locations. Her doctoral mentee topics have ranged from access to cancer treatments in rural areas of Oklahoma looking at tornado preparedness among Spanish speaking rural residents, infertility knowledge and resources in rural Michigan, as well as access to kidney dialysis in Nigeria and malaria prevention in rural areas of Liberia. As a scholar-practitioner she has experience in healthcare management, health economics and finance, and health policy.

Courses Taught

PUBH 8315 - Economics and Financing Public Health Systems

PUBH 8240 - Public Health Policy and Advocacy

PUBH 8400 - Public Health Leadership and Systems Thinking

PUBH 9001 - Ph.D. Dissertation

PUBH 9100 - Dr.P.H. Doctoral Study Research Forum


DrPH, University of Texas- School of Public Health

MBA, Texas Woman's University

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), University of Texas- School of Public Health


Stotts, A. L., Barnett, S., Schmitz, J. M., Sayre, S. L., Grabowski, J. (2003). Tobacco, alcohol and caffeine use in a low-income, pregnant population.. Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Bogel, M., Barnett, S. L. (2020). Closing the gaps in rural healthcare in Texas: A formative bounded case study. APHA

Beavers, T., Barnett, S. L. (2020). Evaluation by geospatial and spatiotemporal distribution of tularemia cases in Arkansas. APHA

Elwood, W. N., Williams M. L., Bowen, A., Shipley, S., Barnett, S. (1999). Predictors of HIV risk behaviors for drug-using, sex trading male sex workers: Suggestions for Interventions. APHA

Estrada, A., Quintero, G. A., P, resented by Barnett, S., Barnett, S. (1998). Redefining categories of risk and identity: The appropriation of AIDS prevention information and construction of risk. APA

Barnett, S., Bowen, A., Elwood, W., Alexander, E. (1998). The epidemiology of HIV in a rural area. JAMA

Mann, T., Barnett, S. L. (2020). Patient awareness and knowledge of medically induced radiation exposure. APHA

Dessellier, A., Barnett, S. L. (2020). Health literacy, availability, and the need for educational resources on infertility.