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Rebecca Arnold

Rebecca Arnold

Part-Time Assistant Professor of Public Health

Rebecca Arnold is a public health practitioner, primarily in a global context, with experience ranging from grassroots to national levels.

She works full time at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Rock Island. In addition to her role as Resource Development Manager, she is also one of the leads on a Collective Impact effort to improve economic opportunity, social equity and meaningful participation among citizens living in the West End of Rock Island.

Notable professional experience includes community health education as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar; senior program management with a multi-media entertainment-education initiative in Tanzania; and leading a USAID-funded capacity strengthening project with the government of Bangladesh while working for Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs.

Rebecca serves on the Board of a nonprofit that feeds children in Bangladesh and the Philippines (, and is a Rock Island Rotarian. She lives in Rock Island with her 18-year-old son.

Specializations: Global public health, Social and behavior change, Strategic communication, Participatory research methods, Capacity strengthening


  • B.A., Northwestern University, American Culture and History
  • M.P.H., University of Iowa, Community and Behavioral Health