Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHS

Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences; Co-Director for the MPH Online Program



Dr. Mellissa Withers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and is based at the USC Institute for Global Health. She is Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of 60 universities in the region.

She earned a PhD in community health sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master's in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley.

Her primary research interests lie in community participatory research, mental health, maternal health, gender-based violence, and global sexual and reproductive health.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in global health, leadership, and ethics.

Courses Taught

  • Health and Sustainable Development in Costa Rica
  • Overcoming Real World Challenges in Global Health
  • Emerging Trends in Global Health: A Public Health Seminar
  • Foundations of Public Health
  • Global Health Research and Programs
  • Organizing and Mobilizing Communities for Public Health
  • Directed Research
  • Ethical Issues in Public Health
  • Culture and Health: Global Perspectives
  • Case Studies in Global Health
  • Capstone in Public Health