Co-Program Chair of Kinesiology and Public Health
Associate Professor of Public Health
Director of Lifetime Wellness
Danielle Walker’s teaching experience and interests include global health, epidemiology, community health, public health education, HIV/AIDS, health promotion, disease prevention, health behavior, and ethics. She was awarded the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the UTEP College of Health Science for her doctoral work on understanding the multidimensional factors that influence HIV testing among women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She finds joy in helping students learn the foundations of public health and provides hands on experiences with current projects to connect the dots between theory and practice. She has a passion to fight injustice, which guided her career in HIV care at CDC and currently as the CEO of a global health nonprofit. Her current research is focused on increasing HIV knowledge and testing to optimize the HIV Continuum of Care in Davao, Philippines, along with improving access to care and sanitation in Uganda. Walker also has experience in HIV research in other African countries, building statistical predictor models for HIV testing, conducting community assessments around the world, and is exploring how public health models can improve community development in Mexico.
Danielle and her husband are co-founders of Meeting TENTS (Meeting The Everyday Needs To Survive), a global health nonprofit that comes alongside community leaders to help improve health outcomes. They focus on collaborating with community leaders, conducting formal community assessments, and using public health methodologies to drive sustainable goals. Meeting TENTS also provides direct avenues for students to conduct internship hours and get involved in global health projects.