Karen Jaceldo-Siegl, DrPH, MS

Karen Jaceldo-Siegl, DrPH, MS

Director and Associate Professor, Master of Public Health Clinical and Applied Science Education, Master's Programs

Dr. Karen Jaceldo-Siegl is the director of the Master of Public Health program at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine (UIWSOM). After her academic training in Texas (B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at San Antonio and M.S. in Nutrition at (UIW), she headed west to further her education. She received her Doctor of Public Health degree in 2003 from Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Public Health in California, with a focused training in nutrition and nutritional epidemiology. She remained at LLU as faculty member, actively conducting nutritional epidemiological research, teaching research methods and public health courses, and mentoring masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral fellows. In 2013, she was a visiting scholar at the Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield School of Medicine, University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She is a guest editor and topic editor for Nutrients, a reviewer of several scientific journals, and has served as grant reviewer for regional and international funding agencies.

Grateful for her blessings, she finds opportunities to share her skills with the community around her. She was an Advisory Committee Member of the San Bernardino Oral Health Program, gave talks on lifestyle, health, and wellness in church and local school settings, and an Advisory Board Member of local schools where she lived. She has served the Catholic church in different ministries, as musician and choir director, finance council chair, development and finance committee chair, and grant writer.

In her recent travels to her birthplace in the Philippines, Karen came to realize the expansive scope of public health and was inspired by the opportunities to serve the discipline in education, practice, and research. She is committed to promoting life-long learning, searching for and communicating the truth, community service, developing the whole person centered in Jesus Christ, and recognizing the dignity of every person. Guided by these values, she looks forward to contributing to the academic environment of and growing the public health program at UIWSOM.

  • Dr.P.H. with a focused training in nutrition and nutritional epidemiology, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, California, 2003
  • M.S. in Nutrition, University of the Incarnate Word
  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Texas at San Antonio