Christine Bozlak

Christine T. Bozlak, PhD, MPH

Maternal and child health, childhood obesity prevention, wellness promotion, and positive youth development.

The World Within Reach
Christine T. Bozlak, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
Co-Director, Maternal and Child Health Program

School of Public Health
Department: Health Policy, Management and Behavior

One University Place, Room 173



Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, Community Health Sciences/Maternal and Child Health 2010
M.P.H. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Health Policy and Management 2003
B.S. Ball State University, Exercise Science/Public Health 1998

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of maternal and child health, specifically childhood obesity prevention, wellness promotion, and positive youth development. My areas of expertise are in applied policy research and community-based participatory research. In my research, I utilize a variety of mixed methods but specialize in qualitative methodologies.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught

HPM 530 Introduction to Maternal and Child Health
HPM 531 Childhood Obesity from a Public Health Perspective
HPM 669 Adolescent Health
HPM 627 Program Development in Health Promotion
HPM 535 Community-based Public Health


  • Feingold, B., Neff, R., Xue, X., Bozlak, C., Hosler, A., Jurkowski, J. Introducing a dynamic framework to jointly address policy impacts on environmental and human health in a regional produce recovery and redistribution system. Journal of Public Affairs.
  • Martin, E., Park, Y., Bozlak, C. (2018). Get Out the Vote: The Role of Public Health Professionals in Raising Awareness of Coroner Elections. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000820
  • Bozlak, C., Kenady, J., Becker, A. (2018). Assessing and mobilizing faith communities to address childhood obesity: Lessons learned from the Chicago FAITH initiative. Health Promotion Practice. 19(5):724-729.
  • Dwicaksono, A., Brissette, I., Birkhead, G., Bozlak, C., Martin, E. (2018). Evaluating the contribution of the built environment on obesity among New York State students. Health Education & Behavior. 45(4):480-491. doi: 10.1177/1090198117742440.
  • Bozlak, C. (2016). Reimaging the initial office visit. JAMA Oncology. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.4988
  • Cavanagh, M., Jurkowski, J., Bozlak, C., Hastings, J., Klein, A. (2016). Veggie Rx: An outcome evaluation of a prescription produce program. Public Health Nutrition. doi:10.1017/S1368980016002081
  • Polsky, C., Stagg, K., Gakh, M., Bozlak, C. (2015). The Health in All Policies (HiAP) Approach and the Law: Preliminary lessons from California and Chicago. Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. 43(2):52-55.
  • Lawson, H., Caringi, J., Pyles, L., Jurkowski, J., Bozlak, C. (2015). Participatory Action Research. New York City: Oxford University Press.
  • Bozlak, C., Becker, A., Herd, J., Teitelman, A., Viola, J., Olson, B., Choucair, B (In Press). An inter-governmental approach to childhood obesity in Chicago, Illinois. Int Public Health J 2015;7(1):00-00.
  • Bozlak, C.T. (2014). Act For Youth: Engaging Youth in Policy Making to Promote Health. Retrieved September 2nd, 2014, from
  • Mason, M., Zaganjor, H., Bozlak, C., Lammel-Harmon, C., Gomez-Feliciano, L., Becker, A. Working With Community Partners to Implement and Evaluate the Chicago Park District's 100% Healthier Snack Vending Initiative. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:11:140141. DOI: 10.5888/pcd11/140141
  • Bozlak, C.T., Becker, A.B. Using Evidence to Create Active Communities: Stories from the Field—Policy and Research with Chicago’s Child Care Centers: a Commentary to Accompany the Active Living Research Supplement to Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, January 2013, DOI: 10.1007/s12160-012-9441-y
  • Mason, M., Gomez-Feliciano, L., Becker, A., Bozlak, C., Lammel-Harmon, C., Conti,V., Cox, S., Katta,E., O’Boyle, M., Zaganjor, H. (2013). Healthy snack vending: The Chicago Park District experience and resource guide. Product ID#: WZK5H2GB. Available at:
  • Bozlak, C.T., Kelley, M.A. (2010). Youth participation in a community campaign to pass a clean indoor air ordinance. Health Promotion Practice, 11(4), p:530-540