Julie Kapp

Julie Kapp


Associate Professor

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Research Summary

Dr. Kapp researches adverse childhood experiences, kombucha and the microbiome, and population health systems.

Julie M. Kapp, MPH, PhD, is an associate professor in the Department of Public Health.

Dr. Kapp is nationally recognized by the American College of Epidemiology as a fellow for her significant and sustained contributions to the field, and as a Malcolm Baldrige Executive Fellow, a competitive distinction bestowed by the U.S. Department of Commerce Undersecretary for Standards & Technology.

Dr. Kapp’s research has been highlighted in The New York Times, Psychology Today, USA Today, and Yahoo! Health, among other outlets. Her intellectual contributions have been funded by the NCI, NSF, CDC, NIDDK, and NCATS, among others. Her research has been awarded first place in the World Standards Day paper competition. She has the most downloaded paper in Annals of Epidemiology.

She has been recognized with a shared governance award by the University of Missouri campus, and recognized multiple times as professor of the year by her graduate students. In her research, teaching, service, and leadership, she is passionate about understanding what is effective for impact.


  • MPH, PhD, Public Health, St. Louis University

Area of expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Application of systems-science to design effective systems for population health improvement, including complex state-wide program evaluation

Research interests

  • Effective implementation of population health components in the Affordable Care Act
  • Improving health behaviors and health outcomes using systems thinking

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