Anna Torrens Armstrong
Anna Torrens Armstrong, PhD, MPH, MCHES, CPH, is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) in the College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health. She teaches in the MPH Core as well as the Public Health Education concentration. Her research interests include teaching innovation, professional preparation, and community-engaged learning in public health. She is PI for the MCH “Train-a-Bull” Undergraduate Pipeline, a federally funded training program. She also leads a professional development initiative, the Bull Professional Engagement Network (BullPEN) and serves as the Eta Sigma Gamma, Delta Kappa Chapter Faculty advisor. She serves as a National Board member for both the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing and Eta Sigma Gamma.
Anna has been an adjunct faculty (online) at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Advanced Academic Programs, the MA in Communication program since 2013.
Due to frequent relocations as a military spouse, Anna has broad experience based mostly in community settings and non-profits. Prior to going to USF, she served as the Director of Evaluation and Innovation for Building Healthy Futures (BHF), in Omaha, Nebraska, where she oversaw all evaluation efforts, communicating the organizational vision for evaluation into reality for external evaluators, program partners and stakeholders. Her work with BHF began in 2013 as a research associate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health.
Prior to her work with BHF, Anna served as the Health Promotions Flight Health Educator under the 1st Special Operations Aerospace Medical Squadron at Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Florida. She also held various positions with the American Cancer Society, Florida Division including Director of Childhood Cancer Programs, Residential Night Manager of the Benjamin Mendick Hope Lodge and as an advocacy research assistant.
Her B.A. is in International Studies, with a minor in Political Science and a concentration in Communication and Culture from the University of Tampa. She earned her MPH with a concentration in Public Health Education, and her Ph.D. in Public Health in the Department of Community and Family Health at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health. She also has a graduate certificate in Social Marketing in Public Health.