Teresa Wagner, DrPH, MS, CPH, CPPS, RD/LD, CHWI, CHWC, DipACLM

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Assistant Professor, School of Health Professions
Clinical Executive for Health Literacy, SaferCare Texas
Director, Community Health Worker Training Program

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Dr. Wagner is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Professions. She teaches Communication in the Lifestyle Health Sciences program and teaches nutrition in the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program on campus. Dr. Wagner also serves as Clinical Executive for Health Literacy at SaferCare Texas and as Director of the Community Health Worker Training Program.

She’s certified in Public Health, Patient Safety, Lifestyle Medicine, Health Coaching and a certified Community Health Worker Instructor. Dr. Wagner has delivered multiple programs, speaking engagements and trainings on health literacy issues. Additionally, she established both a multi-stakeholder health literacy collaborative with the DFW Hospital Council Foundation and Health Literacy Texas, a statewide nonprofit to build community around health literacy efforts in Texas. As a result of her work, she has received both the 2018 Texas Health Literacy Hero Award as well as the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas Christian University.


As a registered and licensed dietitian, certified community health worker instructor, and health coach, Dr. Wagner combines her passion for health literacy and wellness education by helping people navigate their health care.

“I am excited to teach in the M.S. in Lifestyle Health Sciences & Coaching program and the Community Health Worker Training program to share my knowledge and experience with our students. Being able to combine Health Literate Communication with Health Coaching and Community Outreach prepares our students as providers of the future with the skills needed to empower people to make lasting lifestyle changes to stay healthy and well. Even if people are living with chronic disease, having a provider coach to guides them, imparts the knowledge and skills necessary to manage their disease contributing to overall quality of life. Health is definitely wealth when it comes to life quality!”

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