Molly Gutilla, DrPH, joined the faculty of the ColoradoSPH at CSU in 2017, bringing extensive experience in public health research and practice, with particular focus on health equity, health in rural areas, methods of community health assessment, spatial and social epidemiology and research ethics.

Dr. Gutilla grew up in Iowa and Ohio and attended The Ohio State University, earning BS and MS degrees in exercise physiology with minor focuses in chemistry and statistics. Her doctoral studies at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado, Denver focused on epidemiology, with her dissertation describing methods of community health assessment, defining data quality and exploring how data influenced decision making during public health improvement planning processes.

Her experience includes work as an analyst at Williams College, the University of Michigan and, while a student at the Colorado School of Public Health, as a statistical analyst with the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health. She completed her practicum at the San Juan Basin Health Department in Durango, Colorado. Most recently, her work with the Health District of Northern Larimer County focused on analysis and evaluation.

Dr. Gutilla’s goal is to be a “pracademic” – that is, to balance working in both research and practice. She especially enjoys sharing data, supporting the use of analyses in decision making and working with professionals committed to innovative approaches to improving community health.

She loves Colorado, particularly the state’s rural, mountainous areas. When not working she likes to run, hike, bike, climb, ski and bake.