Tricia Penniecook, MD, MPH

Tricia Penniecook

Tricia Penniecook has over 25 years of experience as a physician, educator, and public health administrator. As an educator, she is committed to the development of health professionals, and aims to leverage her own experience to provide guidance and modeled behavior for those in her charge.

She believes that it is the responsibility of public health academia to create, educate and support leaders of different passions, interests and experiences; leaders who will understand and embrace their responsibility in achieving health equity through practice, research, advocacy and policy development.

She has been the Vice-Dean for Education and Faculty Affairs, University of South Florida, College of Public Health for five years. She provides strategic leadership for all academic, educational, student and faculty related matters within the College. She currently serves as Interim Vice-president for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at USF.

Since 2012 she has served as a site visitor for the Council on Education for Public Health. Dr. Penniecook also served as a Councilor from January 2020 to December 2021.

She became the first Afrolatina Dean of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University, leading the school to be among the first to adopt the new Framework for Public Health Education, with emphasis on Health Equity, a global presence and a faith-based foundation. She also served as Vice-President of Academic Administration at Oakwood University, an HBCU in Alabama.

Dr. Penniecook also enjoys being a part of 4 Real Women International, an organization that supports women and girls in their growth and development.

She is no stranger to starting over and leading change, and believes that women need to be empowered with knowledge, skills and opportunities to step confidently into their God-given purpose.