Sarah L McKune

Sarah L McKune

RES AST PROF

Department: HP-ENVIRONMENTAL GLOBAL HLTH
Business Phone: (352) 273-9449
Business Email: smckune@ufl.edu

About Sarah L McKune

Sarah L. McKune, MPH, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health and the Center for African Studies. She holds a B.A. in French and Sociology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C., and earned a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University in 2002. She completed a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology at the University of Florida’s School for Natural Resources and the Environment in 2012 and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a collaborative effort between UF and the CGIAR’s collaborative research program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS).

Dr. McKune joined PHHP in 2013 as the Director of Public Health Programs, a position from which she ran the campus and online MPH and Public Health Certificate programs for the College. In 2016, she joined the Department of Environmental and Global Health in a joint appointment with the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. She is affiliate faculty in the School for Natural Resources and the Environment and advises students from a variety of units across campus, including Sustainable Development, Anthropology, Food and Resource Economics, Medical Geography, and Sociology, as well as those operated by EGH, including Public Health and One Health.

Research Profile

Dr. McKune’s background in development informs her research, most of which is applied and focuses on global health nutrition and food security. She has significant experience in project design, implementation, training facilitation, and monitoring and evaluation. Her research utilizes mixed methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and seeks to explain the complex, system dynamics that affect child growth and nutritional outcomes, including factors such as household hygiene and sanitation, livestock ownership, climate change, and gender dynamics within the household. For the past 15 years she has worked with global health development programs, largely in the West African Sahel, but also in Nepal, Haiti, Uganda, and Ethiopia. She serves as the Health and Human Nutrition Cross Cutting Theme leader for the USAID Feed the Future Livestock System Innovation Laboratory, working with an interdisciplinary team of scientists to improve the nutrition of children under five and pregnant and lactating women through increased consumption of animal source foods.

Publications

2021
Setting a research agenda to improve community health: An inclusive mixed-methods approach in Northern Uganda.
PloS one. 16(1) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0244249. [PMID] 33411706.
2021
The Un Oeuf study: Design, methods and baseline data from a cluster randomised controlled trial to increase child egg consumption in Burkina Faso.
Maternal & child nutrition. 17(1) [DOI] 10.1111/mcn.13069. [PMID] 32770664.
2020
Behavior Change, Egg Consumption, and Child Nutrition: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial.
Pediatrics. 146(6) [DOI] 10.1542/peds.2020-007930. [PMID] 33239474.
2020
Co-occurrence of Campylobacter Species in Children From Eastern Ethiopia, and Their Association With Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, Diarrhea, and Host Microbiome.
Frontiers in public health. 8 [DOI] 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00099. [PMID] 32351922.
2020
Community engagement and building trust to resolve ethical challenges during humanitarian crises: experience from the CAGED study.
Conflict and health. 14 [DOI] 10.1186/s13031-020-00313-w. [PMID] 33042218.
2019
Animal source foods: Sustainability problem or malnutrition and sustainability solution? Perspective matters
Global Food Security. 25 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gfs.2019.100325.
2019
Animal-sourced foods for improved cognitive development.
Animal frontiers : the review magazine of animal agriculture. 9(4):50-57 [DOI] 10.1093/af/vfz039. [PMID] 32002274.
2019
Climate-Driven Adaptation, Household Capital, and Nutritional Outcomes among Farmers in Eswatini.
International journal of environmental research and public health. 16(21) [DOI] 10.3390/ijerph16214063. [PMID] 31652699.
2019
Sustainable livestock systems to improve human health, nutrition, and economic status.
Animal frontiers : the review magazine of animal agriculture. 9(4):39-50 [DOI] 10.1093/af/vfz041. [PMID] 32002273.
2019
The livestock vaccine supply chain: Why it matters and how it can help eradicate peste des petits Ruminants, based on findings in Karamoja, Uganda.
Vaccine. 37(43):6285-6290 [DOI] 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.09.011. [PMID] 31526623.
2018
Community-based reports of morbidity, mortality, and health-seeking behaviours in four Monrovia communities during the West African Ebola epidemic.
Global public health. 13(5):528-544 [DOI] 10.1080/17441692.2016.1208262. [PMID] 27463979.
2018
Household remoteness and patterns of food production, consumption and acquisition in Tajikistan
.
2018
Reaching the end goal: Do interventions to improve climate information services lead to greater food security?
. 22:22-41
2017
Perceptions of Vaginal Illness Related to Water Quality in the Coastal Ouest Region of Haiti
.
2017
The Opposite of Denial: Social Learning at the Onset of the Ebola Emergency in Liberia.
Journal of health communication. 22(sup1):59-65 [DOI] 10.1080/10810730.2016.1209599. [PMID] 28854129.
2017
Community-based Health Needs Assessment in Léogâne and Gressier, Haiti: Six Years Post-Earthquake
.
2016
Community-based Reports of Morbidity, Mortality, and Health-Seeking Behaviors in Four Monrovia Communities During the West African Ebola Epidemic
Global Public Health.
2015
Climate Change Through a Gendered Lens: Examining Livestock Holder Food Security
Global Food Security-Agriculture Policy Economics and Environment. 6:1-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gfs.2015.05.001.
2015
Climate Change Through a Gendered Lens: Examining Livestock Holder Food Security
Global Food Security-Agriculture Policy Economics and Environment. 6:1-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gfs.2015.05.001.
2015
Community-centered responses to Ebola in urban Liberia: the view from below.
PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 9(4) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003706. [PMID] 25856072.
2015
Correction: Community-centered responses to Ebola in urban Liberia: the view from below.
PLoS neglected tropical diseases. 9(5) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003767. [PMID] 25951327.
2013
Pastoralists Under Pressure: Double Exposure To Economic and Environmental Change in Niger
Journal of Development Studies. 49(12):1711-1727 [DOI] 10.1080/00220388.2013.822067.
2008
Health-Related Quality of Life in a National Sample of Caregivers: Findings From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Journal of Happiness Studies. 9(4):559-575 [DOI] 10.1007/s10902-008-9089-2.
2008
The effect of caregiving on preventive care for people with disabilities.
Disability and health journal. 1(1):51-7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.dhjo.2007.11.005. [PMID] 21122711.

Grants

Mar 2019 ACTIVE
Advancing women's participation in livestock vaccine value chains in Nepal, Uganda & Senegal
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: INTL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTRE
Nov 2018 ACTIVE
Exposure Assessment of Campylobacter Infections in Rural Ethiopia (EXCAM)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: GATES FOU, BILL & MELINDA
Nov 2017 ACTIVE
EQUIP – Strengthening smallholder livestock systems for the future
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: GATES FOU, BILL & MELINDA
Apr 2017 ACTIVE
OoR CTSI Institutional Matching Support
Role: Project Manager
Funding: UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS
Oct 2015 ACTIVE
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
Role: Project Manager
Funding: US AGCY INTL DEV

Education

PhD Interdisciplinary Ecology
2012 · University of Florida
MPH Global Health
2002 · Emory University
MA French and Sociology
1999 · Wofford College

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2016-2021
PHC6764 Global Public Health and Development I
2017-2021
LAS6943 Development Theory and Practice in Latin America
2017-2021
AFS6305 Development Theory and Practice Intro
2017-2021
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2017-2018,2020-2021
AFS6905 Individual Work in African Studies
2017-2021
PHC7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2019-2020
PHC6917 Supervised Research Project
2013-2020
PHC6946 Public Health Internship
2011-2012,2017-2020
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis
2013-2020
PHC6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
2020
PHC6947 Occupational Health Field Research Experience
2013-2017,2019-2021,2021
PHC6937 Special Topics in Public Health
2018-2019
GMS6847 Translational Research and Therapeutics: Bench, Bedside, Community, & Policy
2018
ANG7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2018
ABE7979 Advanced Research
2015-2017
PHC6945 Public Health Practicum
2017
PHC6722 Environmental and Global Health Research Methods Rotation
2010-2012,2014-2015
PHC4101 Public Health Concepts
2014
HSC4930 Special Topics
2012
PHC3440 Global Public Health
2011
HSC3801 Clinical Observation / Health Care Volunteer Work

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-9449
Emails:
Business:
smckune@ufl.edu