Kelly McNeil, Ph.D.

HHP Faculty – Associate Professor

  • PH.D. in Health Promotion: Oregon State University
  • MS in Health and Exercise Science: University of Oklahoma
  • BS in Health and Human Performance: University of Montana

Kelly McNeil, is the primary advisor and Associate Professor for the Community Health concentration in the Health and Human Performance Department. Her classes prepare students with an in-depth knowledge of the role of conducting needs assessments, program implementation, and evaluation for program planning with the inclusion of behavior change theory in the development of health programs designed to improve both individual and community health. Dr. McNeil’s professional experience began at the Missoula City-County Health Department, working in tobacco prevention and and active living. Her research involves the use of community based participatory research strategies to support diverse communities as well as using the outdoor natural environment for health promotion. She works on community -wide intervention to change behaviors for the health and safety of the public. She developed the Get Outside After School Activity Program (GO-ASAP) to promote social connectedness, self-efficacy and connection to nature in adolescents. She is also an avalanche instructor and forecaster as well as a program evaluator, assessing the effectiveness of existing programs. Dr. McNeil is currently working on incorporating public health theories and practices within the avalanche industry.

Kelly grew up in northeastern Wyoming and loves skiing, snowmobiling, mountain biking, running, rock climbing, mountaineering, hiking and just about anything outside and active.

Courses Taught

HHP 350 Behavior Change Theory
CH 351 Intro to Community Health
CH 412 Program Planning
CH 413 Program Evaluation
EXS 452 Physical Activity Epidemiology
CH 422 Gerontology and Aging
CH 423 Aging and Society
CH 250 Personal Skills for Healthy Living
CH 289 Health and Fitness
CH 198 Outdoor Lifestyle Physical Activity
ED 506 Special Independent Study
ED 510 Certified Health Education Specialist Preparation
ED 510 Health Education Program Planning
ED 510 Health Education Program Evaluation
ED 510 Ethics of Health Education and Promotion
ED 510 Grant Writing for Health Education and Promotion
ED 510 Disease Prevention
ED 510 Advanced Behavior Change Theory
ED 510 Foundations of Health Behavior and Health Education
ED 510 Health education and Promotion Directed Readings
ED 518 Research Proposal
ED 519 Research Completion
HHP 495 and 496 Capstone
HWS 522 Health Promotion in Schools
HWS 523 Adolescent Health
OUT 409 Internship Outdoor Recreation Leadership