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Faculty Profile

Zupenda M. Davis-Shine, DrPH, MPH, MCHES

Assistant Professor and Director, Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program


St. Benilde Tower 3329

Dr. Davis-Shine holds her doctorate in Public Health from Drexel University with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention.  She received her MPH from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health (now Rutgers School of Public Health) and her BSPH degree from Rutgers University.  She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and a trained Domestic Violence Advocate.

Prior to joining La Salle, Dr. Davis-Shine served as a Training Specialist for the PA/Mid-Atlantic AIDS Education and Training Center of the Health Federation of Philadelphia, where she coordinated trainings for HIV clinical and non-clinical providers; provided technical assistance to AIDS Service Organizations (ASOs) in the city of Philadelphia; successfully secured funding and managed grants for educational programming; and supervised various initiatives, community planning committees and practicum students. She has held previous positions at the Southern New Jersey Perinatal Cooperative; New Jersey Primary Care Association and University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication, Center for Health Behavior and Communication Research.  She also taught as an adjunct graduate instructor at Drexel University, School of Public Health.

Dr. Davis-Shine's research and practice interests include HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, urban health, men’s health, and health and wellness. She is passionate about higher education, improving the health status and quality of life for vulnerable populations and advocating for underrepresented groups whose voices should be heard. She is a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE)-Greater Philadelphia Chapter, Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI), National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE)-Delaware Valley Chapter, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Areas of Expertise

Health Education (Needs Assessment, Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation)

HIV/STI Prevention

Domestic Violence Prevention


DrPH, Drexel University, School of Public Health, Concentration: Community Health and Prevention

MPH, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now Rutgers School of Public Health), School of Public Health, Concentration: Health Education & Behavioral Sciences

Graduate School Training, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health Work-Study Experience in Public Health, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services

BSPH, Rutgers University


University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health Work-Study Experience in Public Health, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, 1997-1999


National Certification- Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) - #8109

Certified Domestic Violence Advocate (Gloucester Township Domestic Violence Response Team, Gloucester Township, NJ)


PHLT 101: Essentials of Public Health
PHLT 315: Violence Prevention and Control
PHLT 350: Health Education: Principles and Practice
PHLT 410: Public Health Capstone I
PHLT 530: Public Health Leadership and Management


Brawner, B. M., Alexander, K. A., Fannin, E. F., Baker, J. L., & Davis, Z. M. (In press). The role of sexual health professionals in developing a universal concept regarding risky sexual behavior and HIV transmission.

Newsome, V., Davis, Z. M., & Dinac, J. (2015). Re-Search: The missing pieces in investigating African-American relationship dynamics and implications for HIV Risk. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 1(3), 113-128.Doi: 10.1353/bsr.2015.0001.

Baker, J. L., Rodgers, C. R. R., Davis, Z. M., Gracely, E. Bowleg, L. (2014). Results from a Secondary Data Analysis Regarding Satisfaction with Health Care among African American Women Living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43(5), 664-676. 

Brawner, B. M., Baker, J. L., Stewart, J. M., Davis, Z. M., Cederbaum, J. A., & Jemmott, L. S. (2013). “The Black man’s country club”: Assessing the feasibility of an HIV risk reduction program for young, African American men in barbershops.  Family and Community Health, 36(2), 109-118.

Baker, J. L., Brawner, B. M., Cederbaum, J. A., White, S., Davis, Z. M., Brawner, W., & Jemmott, L. S. (2012).  Barbershops as venues to assess and intervene in HIV/STI risk among young, heterosexual African American men.  American Journal of Men’s Health, 6(5), 366-380.

Brawner, B. M., Davis, Z. M., Fannin, E. F., and Alexander, K. A. (2012). Clinical depression and condom use attitudes and beliefs among African American adolescent females.  Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care23(3), 184-194. 


Davis, Z. M. (2015, January). HIV-Infected Black and Latino Heterosexual Men. Invited presentation at the HIV Case Management Medical Update, Philadelphia, PA.

Davis, Z. M., & Baker, J. L. (2014, November). I Know My HIV Status. How Come You Don’t Know Yours? La Salle University Explorer Café. Philadelphia, PA. 

Wysor Ngeuma, S., Davis, Z. M., & O’Connell. (2014, October). Unpacking Microaggressions.  Invited presentation for La Salle University Explorer Connection Workshop. Philadelphia, PA.

Davis, Z. M. (2014, October). Intimate Partner Violence: Signs and Red Flags for College Students. Invited presentation for La Salle University Counseling and Student Health Services Professional Development Workshop. Philadelphia, PA.

Davis, Z. M. & Brown, N. (2014, October). It’s a Different World: Strategies and Tips for Surviving your First Year in Academia. Presentation at the 2nd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference, Philadelphia, PA. 

Davis, Z. M. (2013, October). Power of partnerships in disseminating HIV prevention, care and treatment research findings. Pennsylvania Public Health Association and Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Davis, Z. M. (2012, October). From protocol to pilot: Taking baby steps in policy development for a citywide non-occupational Post Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) HIV prevention strategy. Presentation at the 140th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Honors, Awards

Red Ribbon Award (Community Leader), University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Beta Omega Chapter (Drexel University)

David L. Rayon Scholarship (Graduate recipient), National Association of Health Services Executives, Delaware Valley Chapter

Certificate of Excellence, Outstanding Achievement for College Teaching & Communication Skills Course, Drexel University, Office of Graduate Studies

Women Who Make a Difference Award (as member of Gloucester Township Domestic Violence Response Team), Gloucester Township, NJ

Anna Skiff Memorial Scholarship Award (First recipient), New Jersey Society for Public Health Education