Hillary CM Nelson, PhD, MPH
Co-Director, MPH Program; Director of Education, CPHI; Assoc. Prof. Biochemistry & Biophysics
Public Health Interests
Current Public-Health Related Activities
Hillary CM Nelson, PhD MPH is a public health practitioner and the Interim Director of Education for the University of Pennsylvania's Center of Public Health Initiatives (CPHI) and the Co-Director of MPH program in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Nelson came to public health as a second career. She earned her PhD in Biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ran an NIH-funded research lab, and is also an Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics in the Perelman School of Medicine. In 2011, she earned her MPH from Penn, with fieldwork on the Affordable Care Act and capstone policy work on Antibiotic Use in Food-producing Animals. In 2014, as an MPH faculty member, she helped to run an EPBH-initiative to teach MPH students about the opioid epidemic. Dr. Nelson is very interested in the intersection between biomedical science and public health. She co-directs the Public Health Certificate Program (PHCP) for biomedical research PhD students with a strong interest in public health. Dr. Nelson is the Chair of the Health Advisory Council for Lower Merion Township. In that capacity, she has worked on local, county, and state issues including: residential water wells, swimming pool safety, tattoo establishments, and medical marijuana dispensaries.