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

2019 Animal frontiers : the review magazine of animal agriculture
2019 International journal of environmental research and public health
2019 Animal frontiers : the review magazine of animal agriculture
2015 Global Food Security-Agriculture Policy Economics and Environment
2015 Global Food Security-Agriculture Policy Economics and Environment

Grants

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

Education

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

Contact Details

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