Barbra Beck, Carroll University faculty

Dr. Barbra Beck-Clayton

Department Chair / Associate Professor of Public Health Get Contact Info


Public Health


Dr. Beck grew up in rural Iowa and Wisconsin. Prior to working at Carroll University, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Public Health Training and Education Coordinator for the Population Health Institute at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Beck's hobbies and interests include traveling and spending time with her family biking, boating and hiking. 


  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ph.D. in Urban Studies 
  • Colorado State University, M.S. in Sociology 
  • College of St. Benedict, B.A. in Social Work

Areas of Specialization

Global health; community-based public health; community engagement; cultural competency; social determinants of health; and community-based participatory research

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

Recently received $10,000 HWPP grant and $40,000 from private foundations to develop a free, online toolkit—one that transcends the current political divide—with program, research and best-practices guides, open-source database and resources to help mobilize communities around the issue of gun violence.

Service to Carroll University and Profession

  • Served on the following committees for Carroll: Tenure and Promotion; Faculty Technology; and Institutional Review Board
  • Participated on several faculty search committees
  • Service to the Department of Health and Medicine and Public Health Program: write annual public health program assessment report; chair department faculty; annual faculty assessment committee; faculty advisory for public health student organization
  • Service to profession: member of Waukesha County Community Health Improvement Process and Plan (CHIPP) Steering Committee; currently serve and early career mentor for Wisconsin Public Health Association

Honors and Awards

  • Received the Department of Community Medicine Community Partnership Recognition Award from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004
  • Received the Wisconsin Public Health Association Special Achievement in Public Health Partnership Award in 2003

What is your teaching style?

Encourage student involvement through small and large group discussion, case studies, simulations and community-based learning experiences. 

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy sharing with students the exciting and dynamic world of public health.

What should students know about you?

I enjoy getting to know students and welcome their comments in and out of class. 

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