Instructor Profiles

Nickell Dixon, DrPh, MPH

Dr. Nickell Dixon has been a public health professional for over five years in various areas including health literacy, reproductive and sexual health, cancer, and cerebral palsy. She possesses a DrPh in Community Health with a minor in Behavioral Health and Health Policy from the University of Texas. Her research is focused on women’s reproductive and sexual health, with particular emphasis on certain reproductive issues in Black women, specifically the areas of uterine fibroids and infertility. She has also focused on fertility rights and options for those with HIV/AIDS and other minority groups. She has more than four years of experience working in diverse community settings that serve a population with low health literacy. Dr. Dixon is a member of the American Public Health Association where she has presented several times and was awarded best presenter in her section.  She was honored as the 2010 Dr. James A. Ferguson Fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked on the sexual health campaign and white party.

Formerly the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ (MDHHS) Health Equity Initiative Coordinator, Dr. Dixon was appointed as the health literacy expert for the State of Michigan. She managed the state’s health literacy programs, including the Health Literacy Innovation Project.  She has conducted webinars on health literacy with the University of Michigan, Michigan State Medical Society, and the Michigan Public Health Institute, which were targeted toward health care professionals and students. She has also developed curriculum for medical and nursing students and hospital residency programs. Dr. Dixon has written a white paper on health literacy in Michigan, “A Health Literate Michigan.” She is currently the Analytics and Evaluation Coordinator on the SIM project for the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) / Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  

Courses Taught by Nickell Dixon