Joelle Stolte

Joelle Stolte, PhD, MPH (ASCP)

Program Chair Public Health, Assistant Professor
(515) 643-6619

Office Location
ACE - 211

Office Hours
Monday 9:00am -11:00 am, Tuesday and Thursday 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mailing Address
Mercy College of Health Sciences
928 6th Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309-1239


  • Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS), Public Health

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Global Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental Health
  • Public Health Advocacy
  • Public Health Policy and Law
  • Public Health Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Mgmt.
  • Healthcare Financial Management

Year Started at Mercy College 2017


  • PhD Public Health/Epidemiology
    • Walden University- College of Health Science
    • Mpls., M.N. 2012 -October 2018
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Des Moines University
    • Des Moines Iowa- 2007-February 2012
  • Bachelor of Art Degree in Biology
    • Simpson College
    • Indianola IA- 2004-May 2007
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
    • Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLT)
    • St Paul Technical College, St. Paul M.N.- 1991- June 1993
    • Board Certified: American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Relationship Between Health Literacy and End-Stage Renal Disease among Type II Diabetics; Joelle Stolte PhD, Wen Hung-Kuo PhD and Diana Naser PhD (Walden University, Mercy College of health Sciences, Des Moines, IA, Walden University, Mpls, MN.
  • November 14, 2018 Presentation of Research on “Health Literacy and ESRD among type II Diabetics”- American Public Health Association National Conference.
  • Public Health Shines the Light on the Opioid Crisis in Iowa; Chris Quirk, Jim Tagye, Joelle Stolte; Mercy College of Health Sciences, Nola Aigner; Polk County Health Department. Mar 28, 2018
  • April 2018 Mercy College of Health Sciences Research Symposium "Infectious Disease"
  • June 2018 Presented on Public Health & Infectious Diseases Iowa Care Givers Association, DSM, IA June 2017 Presented on Self-Care Iowa Care Givers Association, DSM, IA

Clincal Field Experience

  • Prior to coming to Mercy College of Health Science I worked for both state and local public health (Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Dept.). While working full-time in Public Health I also taught as adjunct faculty at Des Moines University, and Walden University for their Masters of Public Health and Health Care Administration programs.
  • Previous to Public Health I worked in variety of laboratory, healthcare and wellness facilities over the past 26 years including:
    • Mercy Medical Center- Microbiology Department DSM, IA
    • Mercy Medical Center Wellness Center DSM, IA
    • Blood Center of Central Iowa DSM,IA 
    • Aspen Athletic DSM IA Blue Cross Blue Shield Wellness Center DSM, IA
    • Indianola Fitness Center IA American Red Cross National Testing Laboratory ,Eagan MN R&D Systems Research Laboratory, MPLS, MN
    • Allina Healthcare System Family Practice and Urgent Care Clinic MPLS, MN
    • Medtox Toxicology Laboratory MPLS, MN
    • St Paul Children Hospital St. Paul MN

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Relationship Between Health Literacy and End-Stage Renal Disease among Type II Diabetics Inequities and Social Determinants of Health Related to the Prevalence of type II Diabetes; A Quantitative Examination
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases with Consideration to Income and Ethnicity
  • Lead Poisoning Prevention and Implementation of Lead Screening in Children Less Than 6 Years of Age
  • Other: Health Literacy Social Determinants of Health and Inequities among Vulnerable Populations; Diabetes\obesity\Exercise Science; Intimate Partner Violence (IPV); Domestic Violence; Woman's Health; Sexually Transmitted Infections(STI)

Professional Memberships

  • United Way of Central Iowa Health Cabinet Board Member
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • Iowa Public Health Association (IPHA)
  • Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
  • National Environmental Health Organization (NEHA)

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