Keith  Elder
Dean and Professor
School of Public Health
Office: 1478 CHS Building 1

Keith Elder currently serves as dean and professor of Samford University’s School of Public Health. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he was a recipient of a National Institutes of Health Minority Pre-doctoral fellowship. The fellowship funded his dissertation research.

Elder served previously as chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy in the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University. He has also served as faculty at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health and the University of Alabama Birmingham’s Department of Health Services Administration.  

Elder’s research primarily focuses on providing evidence to help inform health programs, health policy, and health care delivery. Particularly, his research addresses men’s health, chronic disease management, health information technology as means to promote health, aging and disability research, cancer prevention and outcomes, and reducing health disparities and inequities. He has served as investigator or principal investigator on funded projects by the Alzheimer’s Association, National Institutes of Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Furthermore, he serves on the Editorial Board of leading journals in the field, such as the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Health Administration Education. 

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., health policy, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • M.P.H., health care organization and policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.P.A., University of Alabama at Birmingham