Public Health Researcher - Conservationist - National Geographic Explorer


I am a Graduate School Fellow and National Geographic  Explorer at the University of Florida pursuing a joint PhD in Medical Geography with a Master of Health Science (MHS) in Environmental and Global Health: One Health. I am also completing a Graduate Certificate in Tropical Conservation and Development (TCD). I am interested in pursuing employment at the federal level or with a Non-Governmental Organization, particularly in global health and development with an emphasis on the human and environmental dimensions of infectious disease, human health, and human rights. My goal is to undertake applied, policy-relevant research with a strong emphasis on developing as a research-practitioner to facilitate positive public health and conservation interventions and effective community engagement.





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I seek to become a research-practitioner, conducting policy relevant research and implementing evidence-based interventions and significant community outreach in an informed and structured manner to influence positive health and conservation outcomes.


My research focuses on using participatory research methodologies to study barriers of access to healthcare and cultural perceptions of health in Sub-Saharan Africa. I am also interested in conservation and development issues within Uganda and the Albertine Rift biodiversity hotspot.





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Dr. McKune is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health and Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. She is also core faculty for the UF Master of Sustainable Development Practice degree. Dr. McKune is primarily interested in Global health, nutrition, food security, gender, pastoralism, livelihoods, social and ecological resilience, climate change, health outcomes associated with climate change, maternal and child health, and health in the African Sahel.

Assistant Professor, University of Florida

Associate Professor, Georgia State University

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Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire



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