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Karin J Opacich, PhD, MHPE, OTR/L, FAOTA

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Public Health and Clinical Associate Professor, Health Policy & Administration

Office of the Dean


Building & Room:

1182 SPHPI


1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-6081


Dr. Opacich holds a BS (occupational therapy) from the University of Kansas and earned both the MHPE (health professions education) and PhD (public health) from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Her very first curricular endeavor in 1978 entailed designing a physician residency training program in developmental pediatrics funded by HHS, and she is currently Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Public Health and Clinical Associate Professor of Health Policy & Administration in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois in Chicago. During her tenure at UIC, Dr. Opacich has been associated with the revisioning the DrPH as an on-line docotoral program for mid-career public health practitioners and administrators and the initiation of the Bachelor of Arts in public health. She has accumulated many years of experience in curriculum development, evaluation,  and professional accreditation having provided curricular consultation beyond UIC  in 19 states to health professions programs at both private and public schools and to state boards of higher education. In terms of scholarship, Dr Opacich has presented numerous papers and published on topics ranging from curriculum development and evaluation to health care ethics, professional accreditation, women with HIV/AIDS, and health and safety in the horse racing industry.  The challenges and opportunities inherent in the changing educational landscape are of particular interest and part of her everyday lived experience.

Selected Publications