Sharon Talboys, PhD, MPH

Dr. Sharon Talboys is Academic Head and Assistant Professor of the Ensign College of Public Health and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, USA. She earned her doctoral degree in Public Health from the University of Utah in 2015, her MPH from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Behavioral Science/Health Education and the International Health track in 1997, and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Geneseo.
In her early career, Dr Talboys worked at the Utah Department of Health on topics such as preparedness and workforce development, maternal and child health, public health data infrastructure, and federal grants administration.


She served in leadership roles as the Department’s Training and Exercise Project Director and as Deputy Director of the Division of Family Health and Preparedness. More recently she served as Associate Director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the University of Utah and then as Assistant Professor of Public Health at Westminster College School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Her research focuses on issues of global health importance such as gender equity and women’s mental health, demographic and health surveys, child nutrition, water and sanitation, and workforce development.

She enjoys survey and qualitative research methods and has conducted research in the U.S., India, Bolivia, and now in Ghana. She teaches courses in Global Health, Social and Behavioral Science, Health Policy and Administration, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Research Methods. Dr. Talboys has led global health learning abroad programs in India for both the University of Utah and Westminster College and was instrumental in the development of an Indo-US community-based research collaboration.

Her service on community boards includes the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute, the Utah Public Health Association, and UN Women – Utah Chapter (USNC). Dr Talboys is currently an executive member and elected officer of the Utah Public Health Association.