N.PortherDr. Nicole Porther

Assistant Professor, Biology

Research/Creative Interests

A specialist in public and community health and the coordinator of the Community Health Education program.  She earned a B.S. in Biology, a Master in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Biology, and she will be certified as a Community Health Education Specialist.  She has taught Introductory Public Health and Foundation of Environmental Health Science, among other courses, and she displayed a clear vision for our program in Community Health Education. Dr. Porther plans to focus her research on the cultural, social and environmental barriers and inequities involved in the prevalence of renal disease, as well as on molecular markers of renal disease.  Other areas of research interest include effectiveness of new pedagogical techniques and environmental health. In the 2017-2018 academic year Dr. Porther will teach Intro to Community Health Education, Health Promotion and Planning, Bioethics, and Anatomy & Physiology II, and she will supervise internships in community health education.  In the future she will also teach Epidemiology, Research Methods in Epidemiology and other courses in her area of expertise.

Contact Information

Office: CSI 208F




Ph.D., Florida International University, 2015

Master of Public Health (MPH), Florida International University, 2012

B.S., Howard University, 2004


Courses Taught

BIOL 195: Intro to Community Health

BIOL 330: Biology Seminar

BIOL 343: Anatomy and Physiology II

HLTH 200: Health Promotion and Planning