Sophie Wenzel, MPH

Lecturer & Associate Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research

Sophie Wenzel is a Lecturer and the Associate Director for the Center for Public Health Practice and Research, which is housed in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and supported by the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment at Virginia Tech. She has been working in the field of Public Health since 1999. 

DrPH, Public Health Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago (exp 2018)

MPH, International Health and Population Studies, Emory University

BS, Linguistics and Spanish, Georgetown University.

Ms. Wenzel started her career in public health when she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to rural Paraguay to promote maternal, child, and adolescent health. She was selected to join the Centers for Disease Control Public Health Prevention Service, with which she served one year at the CDC in Atlanta and two years managing a hair mercury biomonitoring program in Alaska. She was awarded the Bales-Bradford Award for Excellence in Public Health Leadership at the end of her three years. She then took a position managing the State of Alaska's Adolescent Health Program.

Ms. Wenzel moved to Blacksburg in 2012 and joined Virginia Tech's Center for Public Health Practice and Research in 2013. In this capacity, she promotes collaboration between faculty, students, and community partners to enhance public health in Southwest Virginia and beyond. She oversees multiple evaluation and research projects across the region and state. Her position is partially supported by the New River Health District of the Virginia Department of Health, for which Ms. Wenzel serves as a grant writer and coordinates the New River Academic Health Department.

Ms. Wenzel's research and professional interests include maternal child and adolescent health, youth risk behaviors, international health, sexual and reproductive health, healthy eating/active living, community engaged research and participatory methods, and evaluation of public health programs.

Ms. Wenzel's current  projects with the Center for Public Health Practice and Research are outlined here.

  • Verbrugge LA, Wenzel, SG, Berner, JE, and Matz AC. 2009. Human exposure to lead from ammunition in the circumpolar north. In R.T. Watson, M. Fuller, M. Pokras, and W.G. Hunt (Eds.). Ingestion of Lead from Spent Ammunition: Implications for Wildlife and Humans. The Peregrine Fund, Boise, Idaho, USA. DOI 10.4080/ilsa.2009.0110
  • Ramos M, Mohammad H, Zielinski-Gutierrez E, Hayden MH, Robles Lopez JL, Fournier M, Rodríguez Trujillo A, Burton R, Brunkard J, Anaya-Lopez L, Abell A, Kuri-Morales P, Smith B, Munoz J, Waterman S, and the Dengue Serosurvey Working Group. (2008) Epidemic Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever at the Texas-Mexico Border: Results of a household-based seroepidemiological survey, December 2005. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 78(3): 364-369
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin: Adult Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance: Occupational Exposures — Alaska, 1995–2006. Contributed by Sophie Wenzel, MPH.
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin: Blood Lead Epidemiology and Surveillance Non-Occupational Exposures in Adults and Children — Alaska, 1995–2006. Contributed by Sophie Wenzel, MPH.
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin: Alaska Mercury Biomonitoring Program Update, July 2002–December 2006. Contributed by Sophie Wenzel, MPH. 
  • State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin Recommendations and Reports: Pike and Burbot (Lush) in Select Alaska Rivers: Mercury Exposure and Consumption Recommendations. (2016) Contributed by: Rachel Kossover, MPH; Sophie Wenzel, MPH; Angela Matz, PhD; Lori Verbrugge, PhD; Chung Nim Ha, MPH; Ali Hamade, PhD.
  • Hall, R. P., Van Houweling, E., Polys, N., Wenzel, S. and Williams, P. (2015) Interdisciplinary Exploratory Research: Visualizing Water Services for Decision Making. Field Report, July 2015, Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, pages 57.
Sophie Wenzel
  • (540) 231-8173
  • swenzel@vt.edu
  • Room 341
    VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine
    205 Duck Pond Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061