FEATURED MEMBER - December 2017


Patricia A. Frye

Director, Public Health Workforce Development
School of Public Health (Initiative)
Jackson State University

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Patricia A. Frye currently serves as the Director, Public Health Workforce Development, School of Public Health, Jackson State University. She has worked in public health and trained public health practitioners to work to prevent various diseases for more than 15 years. Her recent endeavors have included designing and adapting curriculums and training Community Health Works (CHWs) to deliver high quality effective services; assisting individuals in preparing to take national certification examinations in public health (CPH) and in health education (CHES®/MCHES®); conducting university graduate and undergraduate courses in public health; and conducting program evaluations.

Dr. Frye has served in a number of other public health focused positions. She served as the Director of the Mississippi STD/HIV (Behavioral and Social Science) Prevention Training Center (PTC), University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) for three years. During her tenure she conducted and supervised the conduct of training on numerous HIV/STD prevention interventions and intervention support courses for thousands of individuals across the country. Additionally during her tenure as the director of the PTC she served in an overlapping position as the Director/Co-Director of Evaluations at UMMCs, Mississippi Institute for Geographic Minority Health (MIGMH) for four years. Dr. Frye served as a Capacity-Building Assistance (CBA) coordinator and manager for various projects at Jackson State University’s Mississippi Urban Research Center for nine years. As a coordinator and manager, she supervised numerous projects at state, regional, and national levels. The CBA work focused on helping community-based organizations, health departments, and other government and non-government organizations build their capacity to effectively design, develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions.  

In addition to working in public health, Dr. Frye serviced in the military for more than 20 years.  Her tenure in the military placed her in numerous positions including service as the Chief of Personnel for a military research and development facility in Bangkok, Thailand for 6 years.  During her service you earned numerous awards for her efforts.

Dr. Frye has earned various degrees and certifications. She has Doctor and Master of Public Health degrees with emphasis in Behavioral Health Promotion and Education from Jackson State University, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri, and Associates and Bachelor of Science degrees in Management Science from the University of Maryland. Dr. Frye is also nationally Certified in Public Health (CPH) and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®).