Jeffrey T. Trask, PhD

Jeffrey T. Trask, PhD

Jeffrey Trask
College of Health, Human Services, and Science

Jeffrey Trask is an Assistant Professor with Ashford University, where he teaches courses in health care ethics, administration, and evaluation. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Community Health with a Specialization in Health Policy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also completed his undergraduate work, and he earned his Master of Science in Education Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Besides Ashford, Dr. Trask has also taught various health care courses at Lincoln College in Normal, Illinois, as an adjunct professor.

In his professional career, Dr. Trask worked at a local hospital for three years in the human resources and volunteer departments. During his graduate education, he worked with the Charleston Public Health Department, teaching tobacco cessation courses, and for Eastern Illinois University Health Center as a Health Education Coordinator. In addition, he is the founder of the Champaign County Christian Health Center (CCCHC), a free clinic that provides healthcare services to the uninsured. His many other professional accomplishments include: Treasurer for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Advocacy for Justice Committee; Board President for Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF); and a member of the Finance and Health Advocacy Committees for Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).

When asked what his favorite thing about teaching at Ashford is, Dr. Trask says the following: "Although it is difficult to narrow it down to one thing, I would have to say witnessing the 'aha' moments is my favorite thing about teaching. At Ashford, I have both the guidance and freedom to design and customize education to best fit the needs of my students to create those 'aha' moments." To his students, Dr. Trask advises not mixing work and play. “If you try to do both at the same time,” he says, “you do not maximize the benefits of either. Work hard with focus. And then, truly relax.” He is married with three children, and enjoys coaching baseball and football, playing tennis, doing puzzles, and reading science fiction.