Sharon Casapulla, EdD, MPH

Director, Education and Research; Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Rural and Underserved Programs
Family Medicine, ITDI-Faculty
Irvine 126, Athens Campus
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) Ohio University, 2019
  • Doctorate in Education (EdD) Education Ohio University 2012
  • Master of Education (MEd) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) State College of New Jersey, 1990
  • Health literacy
  • Rural Appalachia
  • Social determinants of health
  • Health disparities
  • Medical education
Summary of Work:
I have worked in and with rural and underserved communities since I completed my undergraduate degree, both locally in Athens County, in the surrounding counties (New Straitsville in Perry County), with colleagues in Vallejo, California and internationally in Ecuador.  I have my doctorate in Education and recently completed the Masters of Public Health program at Ohio University. Currently, I am the Director of the Rural and Urban Scholars Pathways (RUSP) Program at HCOM. I lead the Open Book Project at HCOM.


I also work with the Appalachian Rural Health Institute as their Community Outreach Coordinator. In that capacity, I work with local health departments to complete their Community Health Assessments and Community Health Improvement Plans. I am currently involved in a grant with the Athens City County Health Department to evaluate the expansion of the needle exchange program in Athens County.  Additionally, I have taught graduate level qualitative research classes that engage rural communities. I enjoy mentoring students who are interested in research about and with rural and urban underserved communities or health issues that impact them.  I have published on a variety of topics relating to Appalachia and underserved communities.