Christine A. Moranetz, PhD, FAWHP

Associate Dean Academic Affairs, School of Public Health

Christine Moranetz

Dr. Christine Moranetz serves as the chief academic officer for the School of Public Health, providing strategic vision, expertise and leadership in academic initiatives and curricular development. An Associate Professor, Dr. Moranetz chairs the Department of Public Health Education where she oversees school-wide academic programs, including the PhD in Public Health Sciences, the Doctor in Public Health Practice (DrPH), and the MPH-Professional Option degree program.

Dr. Moranetz has been instrumental in the development of the current PhD and DrPH programs, gaining approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a five-concentration PhD.  The DrPH is an innovative program that trains professionals for high-level leadership in the field of public health.

A leader in health promotion and disease prevention education, Dr. Moranetz previously served on the faculty in the Schools of Medicine at The University of Kansas Medical Center (KU) and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). She developed innovative curriculum in HIV prevention and was co-creator of the award-winning Dramatic AIDS Education Project (DAEP), currently the Dramatic Health Education Project, a collaborative project among KU, UMKC and The Coterie Theatre – a nationally acclaimed youth theater.

In 2002, Dr. Moranetz was selected to be one of only 29 Primary Health Care Policy Fellows of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has served as President of the Association for Fitness in Business, now the Association for Worksite Health Promotion (AWHP),  and actively contributed to the development of the Health Fitness Director certification for the American College of Sports Medicine(ACSM).

Dr. Moranetz received her PhD in Education: Exercise Physiology/Nutrition from the University of Kansas and her MS in Health and Physical Education from Oklahoma State University. She earned her BS in Education from East Central State College, now East Central University, in Ada, Okla. She earned certification by the ACSM as a Health/Fitness Director and was awarded the rank of Fellow in the AWHP.

Within the Kansas City community, she served on the Board of Directors of the AIDS Council of Greater Kansas City, The Coterie Theatre and the Good Samaritan Project, an AIDS service organization. She is a Leadership Class graduate of Leadership Fort Worth, where she has served as Vice President of Membership and is currently a member of the Board of Directors.