PhD Health Education, Southern Illinois University
MS Public and Community Health, Austin Peay State University
BA Philosophy, Austin Peay State University
The mantra that drives Dr. Battle’s work is an African proverb: We are because I am, and I am because we are. With over 22 years of experience as a health educator, Dr. Battle has a strong commitment to wellness programming that fosters comprehensive student success. She is also a staunch advocate for online education and adult learning, and serves as the director of the Online MPH Program at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She comes to Tulane from Benedictine University. Dr. Battle has served colleges and universities in a variety of positions, including a prior position at Tulane. The student-centered approach she brings to her work is reflected in her career trajectory. For example, as the director of alcohol education Initiatives for Tulane University (a position she created) and the director of health and wellness education for Middlebury College, she worked collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members to develop, coordinate, promote, and deliver student-oriented campus wide prevention and wellness education programs. During her time at University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine she was the director of student involvement. In this capacity she was responsible for wellness programming, student outreach, student leadership development, the mentoring program, the peer tutoring program and the organization, management and evaluation of student activities. She was also charged with coordinating orientation, facilitating class meetings and advisement of all registered student organizations including a student-run free clinic.
For Dr. Battle, being a public health educator is not simply something she does. Being a health educator is who she is as a professional. And working with college students is not merely a practice setting. She sees it as a lifestyle.