Laila Azam, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Laila Azam

Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Health 262.951.3111 Charles Street Hall 310


Public Health


Dr. Laila Azam is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Public Health Studies at Carroll University. Dr. Azam offers a unique combination of undergraduate level teaching in both traditional and online settings, as well as training healthcare providers about the social determinants of health. Additionally, her primary research interests are in population health improvement and cultural competency. Most recently, Dr. Azam has been selected to participate in the Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute 2018 cohort to strengthen collaborative leadership capacity to advance health and health equity in Wisconsin.


  • Medical College of Wisconsin, Ph.D. in Public and Community Health, 2016
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, MBA with concentration in Healthcare Management, 2008
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, B.S. in Healthcare Administration, 2006

Areas of Specialization

Teaching and service learning, health disparities and health equity, diversity and inclusion in healthcare, diabetes disparities among racial and ethnic minorities, population health improvement, community engaged research 

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Asan O, Flynn K, Azam L, Scanlon M. (2017). Nurses’ Perceptions of A Novel Health Information Technology: A Qualitative Study in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.  International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. Published online: 11 Jan 2017.

Azam L, Jackson, T, Knudson P, Meurer R, Tarima S. (2016). Use of Secondary Data for Research Related to Diabetes Self-management Education. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. [Epub ahead of print].

Azam L, Jackson TA, Barry C, Nelson D, Meurer J. (2016). A Community Perspective on Patient-Centered Weight Management and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction to Improve Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. Publication in the Association's 76th Scientific Sessions Abstract Book, the June 2016 supplement to the Diabetes Journal.

Barry C, Jackson TA, Azam L, Nelson D, Meurer J. (2016). Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Aid in Diabetes Management in Low-Income Neighborhoods. Publication in the Association's 76th Scientific Sessions Abstract Book, the June 2016 supplement to the Diabetes Journal.

Asan O, Holden RJ, Flynn K, Yang Y, Azam L, Scanlon M. (2016). Provider Use of a Novel EHR display in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit: Large Customizable Interactive Monitor. Applied Clinical Informatics,7(3), 682-692.

Rusch M, Adams S, Azam L, Wallace J, Meurer J. (2016). Determinants of Unhealthy Behaviors Following Bariatric Surgery. Obesity Open Access, 2(3).

Young S, Azam L, Meurer J, Cui C, Hill R. (2016). Influence of Patient and Provider Communication on Diabetes Care Delivery. The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 39(3), 272-278.

Hariharan J, Tarima S, Azam L, Meurer J. (2014). Chronic Care Model as a Framework to Improve Diabetes Care at an Academic Internal Medicine Faculty-Resident Practice. The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 37(1), 42-50.

Reeves TC, Azam L. (2012). To Wear Hijab or Not: Muslim Women’s Perceptions of their Healthcare Workplaces. Journal of Business Diversity, 12(2), 41-58.

Reeves TC, McKinney AP, Azam L. (2012). Muslim Women’s Workplace Experiences: Implications for Strategic Diversity Initiatives. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal, 32(1), 49-67.

Service to Carroll University and Profession

  • Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) Member, 2017-Present
  • WPHA Campus Connector for the Medical College of Wisconsin, 2014-2016
  • American Public Health Association-WPHA Affiliate Liaison, 2014-2016

Community Service

  • Health Informatics and Administration Advisory Board for the College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2012-Present
  • Froedtert Hospital Community Advisory Council, 2011-2013
  • Milwaukee Muslim Women Coalition Board Member, 2010-2013

What is your teaching style?

Student-Centered Approach.

Why do you do what you do?

To allow students to play an active role in their own learning and achievements.

How do you make learning engaging?

I embrace collaborative learning by assigning different projects and roles to the students.

What should students know about you?

I care about the success of my students. Continued communication throughout the semester keeps the students involved and helps establish a relationship early on. I always say at the beginning of the semester, “Be kind, work hard, and have fun!”
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