Melissa Kenzig, PhD (ABD), MSPH, CPHCollege of Health, Human Services, and Science
Melissa Kenzig is an Instructor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. She received a Master’s degree in Public Health in Health Promotion and Education from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Ecology and Journalism from The Ohio State University. Kenzig is currently completing her dissertation for her doctorate in Public Health in Sociomedical Sciences from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. She is certified in public health and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. After earning her Master’s degree, Kenzig worked as the Coordinator of the Student Health Education Program for the University of San Francisco. She then moved across the country to take the job of Director of Health Promotion at Health Services at Columbia University in New York. Kenzig considers her duties in these supervisory roles similar to her role as a teacher and says, “My job as either a supervisor or an instructor is to guide others and help them be the best at what they are doing. It’s not only my responsibility to tell them what to do and evaluate if they did it right or wrong. I have to figure out what will drive them to do their best and help them build skills so they can achieve their goals. My favorite part of teaching is having the opportunity to watch students take information and apply it. I really enjoy when students tell me how they used a concept that we discussed in the classroom.” Kenzig now lives much of the year in France with her partner and their daughter.