I try to reach each student on a personal level to make the course material relevant for him or her.
Charles P. Holmes, PhD, MPSH
Dr. Charles P. Holmes is an Associate Professor, the Chair for the Master of Public Health program, and is the Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Ashford University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Community Health and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the University of Illinois. Before his graduate work, Dr. Holmes earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University in the field of Biology. Dr. Holmes has been a collegiate instructor in public health and health education both online and in person for over a decade. He spent his first six years with the University of Illinois in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and in Colorado has worked with Columbia College, Metropolitan State University, and at the University of Denver. Here at Ashford University, Dr. Holmes teaches courses ranging from the Introduction to Health Education course (HPR 231) all the way to the MPH Capstone (MPH 699). Dr. Holmes’ research focuses primarily on curriculum development and comparative health systems.
Dr. Holmes is proud to call Ashford home due to its diverse enrollment, which allows him to interact with students from varying cultures, ages, and backgrounds. His favorite aspect of teaching is having the opportunity to help others achieve their academic and career goals. “Whether my course is a stepping stone or a capstone to a student’s academic career, I am in a position to empower them,” he says. “I try to reach each student on a personal level to make the course material relevant for him or her. Once the content becomes relevant to their goals, that’s when the critical thinking can begin.”