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Health Education   |   Program Planning & Evaluation   |   Professional Development

I'm a public health professional with more than seven years of academic and practical experience in the field of behavioral and community health. I left my rural Oklahoma hometown to pursue my Bachelor’s in Community & Public Health. During undergrad, I was immersed in the world of professional development through diverse practicum, internship, and volunteer experiences. Throughout those experiences, I fell in love with behavioral health science, community planning, and writing. I earned my Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC), where I worked as a Research Assistant on mobile technology health coaching and sleep health research projects. I also completed a program evaluation for Samaritan House of Fort Worth, a non-profit that provides supportive housing and wraparound services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). I became a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in undergrad and became Certified in Public Health (CPH) prior to graduating from UNTHSC.

I returned to Oklahoma and served my community as a Prevention Specialist, before relocating to the East Coast. I currently work in maternal and child health at a Maryland health department, where my work is concentrated on improving community health outcomes through program planning and evaluation, community coalition building, accreditation, and strategic planning efforts. 

My professional writing includes academic abstracts and conference proposals; academic manuscripts submitted for peer-review; community health briefs; grant proposals and program plans; classroom curricula; and Internet articles.


  • Favorite thing I’ve written or created:  A grant that was awarded to establish a new program serving pregnant and postpartum women and their families in Maryland.


  • When I’m not working, I enjoy: Spending time with my dog and eating as much queso I can find.

Shelby L. Graves, MPH, CHES


Curious about my choice to pursue public health? Wondering how I made it happen? Check out my guest spots on blogs and podcasts.

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Public Health Career Stories

My academic and professional career in public health, as well as my advice to current students. Check it out here.

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Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast

Discussing my career and freelancing business with Dr. CH Huntley. Check it out here.

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Harford County Living

An introduction to National Public Health Week and what it's like to work in a health department. Check it out here.