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Dr. Bethesda O’Connell

Director of the Master of Public Health Program, School of Health Science

(434) 592-7058


  • Dr.P.H., East Tennessee State University
  • M.P.H., East Tennessee State University
  • B.S., East Tennessee State University


Dr. Bethesda O’Connell serves as the Director of the Master of Public Health program at Liberty University. She began her career in public health and has specialized in community health with a focus on low-resource communities. After completing her doctorate and working as a Teaching Associate at East Tennessee State University, she transitioned to public health education at Liberty University.

Courses Taught

  • HLTH 216: Personal Health
  • HLTH 301: Foundations of Public Health
  • HLTH 400: Contemporary Health Issues
  • HLTH 453: Program Planning and Evaluation
  • HLTH 491: Grantsmanship
  • HLTH 495: Directed Research
  • HLTH 511: Research Methods
  • HLTH 553: Grant Acquisition & Management
  • HLTH 630: Principles of Community Health
  • HLTH 632: Health Program Planning
  • HLTH 633: Health Program Evaluation

Professional Memberships

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • American Public Health Association

Research Interests

  • WASH
  • Biosand Filters
  • Global Child Health
  • Low-resource interventions
  • Community-based Approaches


  • Provost’s Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship, Liberty University
  • Award for a Service Project that Enhances the Public Good, East Tennessee State University
  • Most Outstanding DrPH student, East Tennessee State University
  • First Global Health Leader, Hope Through Healing Hands
  • Most Outstanding MPH student, East Tennessee State University