Ellyn R. Mulcahy, Ph.D., MPH



Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising, 2021, Kansas State University, Kansas
MPH (Honors), 2006, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas Ph.D. (Microbiology and Immunology), 2002, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska B.Sc. (Honors, Microbiology), 1996, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Phone: (785)532-2117
Email: emulcahy@vet.k-state.edu


VDMP 875 Veterinary Public Health
MPH 840 Public Health Practice

Professional Experience

Director, Master in Public Health Program
Professor, Diagnostic Medicine & Pathobiology

Dr. James B. Nichols Master of Public Health Professorship in Veterinary Medicine Senior Editor, One Health Newsletter https://www.vet.k-state.edu/OneHealth/

Interests and responsibilities

I serve as a Professor in the department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology, Director of the K-State Public Health Program, and the Dr. James B. Nichols Public Health Professorship in Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. I completed a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from University College Cork in Ireland, and then pursued my PhD at Creighton University in Nebraska. At Creighton University, I studied Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies, a group of infectious neurological diseases of humans and animals, including Chronic Wasting Disease in deer, elk and moose. My interests in infectious diseases led me to enroll in a Master of Public Health program at KUMC while completing post-doctoral training in HIV neuroinvasion. In my current role, I direct the Public Health program at K-State, teach Public Health, and support Kansas public health partners including the Flint Hills Wellness Coalition, the Kansas Public Health Workforce Development Coordinating Council, the Kansas Public Health Association, and County Health Departments of Kansas.

Selected publications

Interprofessional Skills Development in Public Health Education: Perceptions, Knowledge Gaps, and Learning Opportunities. Valerie Jojola-Mount, A. Paige Adams, Sierrah Haas, and Ellyn R. Mulcahy. (in press)

Vaccine Hesitancy among College Students in Kansas. Emily Gilbert-Esparza, Jennifer Miller, Qing Kang, and Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Vaccines (Basel). 2023 Jul 15;11(7):1243.

Incorporating Public Health Competencies into Veterinary Medical Education. Sierrah Haas, Ryan Walker, and Ellyn R. Mulcahy. J Vet Med Educ. 2023 Mar 15:e20220106.

Perceptions of Barriers: An Examination of Public Health Practice in Kansas. Megan Eppler, Kayla Brock, Cheyenne Brunkow, and Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Int J Environ Res Public Health.19(9):5513. 2022.

Developing a Philosophy of Advising Graduate Students. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Academic Advising Today, 45(1). March, 2022.

Vectors of competence and purpose: Transmission of knowledge to prepare for an uncertain present and future. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Academic Advising Today, 44(2). June, 2021.

Anticipating Change in the Preparation of the Public Health Workforce in Kansas. Heather H. Poole, Jason R. DeFisher and Ellyn R. Mulcahy. J Health Sci Educ 5: 206. 2021.

Justin Kastner, Megan Eppler, Valerie Jojola-Mount, Ellyn Mulcahy, Phutsadee Sanwisate, and Kate Schoenberg, “Fighting the Spread of Disease With…Words?,” One Health Newsletter, Vol. 12, no. 2 (2020), webposted at https://www.vet.k-state.edu/about/news-events-publications/OneHealth/Previous_Issues/Vol12-Iss2/fighting_spread.html.

Timing is everything: Coronavirus and the chronosystem. Ellyn R. Mulcahy. Academic Advising Today. 2020, Sep. 43(3).

Jason Ackleson, Sara Gragg, Justin Kastner, Ellyn Mulcahy, and Daniel Unruh. “Chapter 12: Developing primary laws and secondary regulations for food safety: The case of FSMA and its attendant rules,” In Master of Public Health Competencies: A Case Study Approach (Anthony Santella, Ed.), Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones and Bartlett Learning, pp. 95-102 (2019)