Darcell P. Scharff, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director, Master of Public Health Program; Associate Professor of Behavioral Science & Health Education
Research Interests: Health Disparities, Cultural Competence, Equitable Access
Courses: PUBH 371; PUBH 592; BSH 500
Education History: PhD, Behavioral Science, Saint Louis University
SLU faculty since: 1997
Darcell P. Scharff, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Science & Health Education and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health. She also serves as the practice experience advisor for the behavioral science and health education department. She teaches CMH-592 Community Health Rounds: Integrating Public Health Practice, a required course that demonstrates the ways in which the various public health disciplines work together to reduce and prevent disease and health problems and prepares community health students for comprehensive exams. Additionally, she teaches CMH 371 Evidence Based Public Health, a required course for undergraduate students that exposes them to various types of evidence used in public health.
Her research and practice interests include health disparities, cultural competence, equitable access, and workforce preparedness. She regularly collaborates with a number of local community agencies (e.g., St. Louis Maternal, Child, and Family Health Coalition, St. Louis ConnectCare, the St Louis county and city health departments, American Cancer Society, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the St. Louis American, the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, Mid-America Transplant Services) to conduct needs assessments and evaluations. She is the founder of Mother to Mother Telephone Support, a program that provides support to pregnant and postpartum women who experience perinatal mood disorders. She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.
She is a graduate of the Charity Hospital School of Nursing (1978) and Louisiana State University (BSN, 1984). She earned a master degree in exercise science and health promotion from the University of New Orleans in 1986. She practiced nursing for over 10 years until earning her doctorate of philosophy in health services research focusing on health education from Saint Louis University in 1996.