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Sophie Wenzel, MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor of Practice
  • Associate Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research
Sophie Wenzel
Department of Population Health Sciences
VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
205 Duck Pond Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

DrPH, Public Health Leadership, 2019
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL

MPH, International Health and Population Studies, 2004
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

BSLI, Linguistics and Spanish, 1998
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

  • Adolescent health
  • Community-engaged research
  • Evaluation
  • Healthy eating/active living
  • International health
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Youth risk behaviors

2019–present
Assistant Professor of Practice
Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2016–present
Associate Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research

Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2013–2016
Assistant Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research

Population Health Sciences
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

2013
Health Education Consultant
New River Health District
Christiansburg, VA

2008–2012
Adolescent Health Program Manager

Section of Women’s, Children’s, and Family Health
State of Alaska Division of Public Health
Anchorage, AK

2005–2008
Public Health Prevention Specialist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA, and Anchorage, AK

2004–2005
Prevention Advocate

HOPE Center
Tarentum, PA

2003–2004
Researcher

Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential
Atlanta, GA

2003–2004
Researcher

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Atlanta, GA

1999–2002
Peace Corps Volunteer and Coordinator

United States Peace Corps
Paraguay

  • American Public Health Association
  • Dunkenberger, MB, Wenzel, S., Nelson L. (2021) Supporting Rural and Urban Communities Through Boundary Spanning Actions: Responding to the Addiction Crisis Through University and Community Collaborations. In Vibrant Virginia. Virginia Tech Office of Economic Development. Published online.
  • Borowski, S., Wenzel, S., Smith, L., Turner, S. (2020) An evaluation of the Community Recovery Program: A case management approach to assisting individuals recover from substance use and incarceration.  Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health.
  • Jiles, K., Chase, M., Hosig, K., Wenzel, S., Rafie C., Schlenker, E. (2019) Developing a Master Food Volunteer Continuing Education Program: A Model for Volunteer Capacity Building. Journal of Extension. 57(2)
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin Recommendations and Reports: Pike and Burbot (Lush) in Select Alaska Rivers: Mercury Exposure and Consumption Recommendations. (2016) Contributed by: Rachel Kossover, MPH; Sophie Wenzel, MPH; Angela Matz, PhD; Lori Verbrugge, PhD; Chung Nim Ha, MPH; Ali Hamade, PhD.
  • Hall, RP., Van Houweling, E., Polys, N., Wenzel, S. and Williams, P. (2015) Interdisciplinary Exploratory Research: Visualizing Water Services for Decision Making in Burkina Faso. Field Report, July 2015, Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, pages 57.
  • Verbrugge LA, Wenzel, SG, Berner, JE, and Matz AC. (2009). Human exposure to lead from ammunition in the circumpolar north. In R.T. Watson, M. Fuller, M. Pokras, and W.G. Hunt (Eds.). Ingestion of Lead from Spent Ammunition: Implications for Wildlife and Humans. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho, USA. DOI 10.4080/ilsa.2009.0110
  • Ramos M, Mohammad H, Zielinski-Gutierrez E, Hayden MH, Robles Lopez JL, Fournier M, Rodríguez Trujillo A, Burton R, Brunkard J, Anaya-Lopez L, Abell A, Kuri-Morales P, Smith B, Munoz J, Waterman S, and the Dengue Serosurvey Working Group. (2008) Epidemic Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever at the Texas-Mexico Border: Results of a household-based seroepidemiological survey, December 2005. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 78(3): 364-369
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin: Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance: Occupational Exposures — Alaska, 1995–2006. Contributed by Sophie Wenzel, MPH.
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin: Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Non-Occupational Exposures in Adults and Children — Alaska, 1995–2006. Contributed by Sophie Wenzel, MPH.
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin: Alaska Mercury Biomonitoring Program Update, July 2002–December 2006. Contributed by Sophie Wenzel, MPH.