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

Office Location
ACE - 235

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

Year Started at Mercy College: 2010

  • Department: Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)


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

Courses Regularly Taught

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


  • 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