Tricia Penniecook has over 24-years experience as a physician, educator, and public health administrator. As an educator, she is committed to the development of health professionals, and aims to leverage her own experience to provide guidance and modeled behavior for those in her charge.
She believes that it is the responsibility of public health academia to create, educate and support leaders of different passions, interests and experiences; leaders who will understand and embrace their responsibility in achieving health equity through practice, research, advocacy and policy development.
She has been the Vice-Dean for Education and Faculty Affairs, University of South Florida, College of Public Health for over three years. She provides strategic leadership for all academic, educational, student and faculty related matters within the College.
Since 2012 she has also been serving as a Site Visitor for the Council on Education for Public Health, and is a National Councilor since January 2020.
She became the first Afrolatina Dean of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, leading the school to be among the first to adopt the new Framework for Public Health Education, with emphasis on Health Equity, a global presence and a faith-based foundation. She also served as Vice-President of Academic Administration at Oakwood University, an HBCU in Alabama.
She is no stranger to starting over and leading change, and believes that women need to be empowered with knowledge, skills and opportunities to step confidently into their life’s purpose.