Susan L. Brown

Susan Brown
Susan Brown, PhD, NRP, CHES
Associate Professor
(515) 643-6638

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Office Hours
Office hours vary by semester; please check schedule posted outside office for availability.

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

Courses Regularly Taught

  • General Biology I (with lab), BIO 101
  • General Biology II (with lab), BIO 102
  • Health Assessment, BHS 465
  • Human Anatomy (with lab), BIO 180
  • Introductory Biology (with lab), BIO 095
  • Pathophysiology, BIO 302

Year Started at Mercy College 2010


  • BA, Ohio Northern University
  • MEd, The University of Texas at Austin
  • PhD, Iowa State University


  • Paramedic, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NRP)
  • Paramedic, Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of EMS (Evaluator, Instructor endorsements)
  • Certified Health Education Specialist, The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (CHES)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support - Experienced Provider, American Heart Association (ACLS EP)
  • Basic Life Support Instructor, American Heart Association (BLS Instructor)

Clinical/Field Experience

  • Pre-hospital care (EMT), 8 years
  • Emergency Department Technician, 3 years

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Dissertation: Using a social-ecological model to examine obesity interventions

Advice to Students

"Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character." - Albert Einstein

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