B.A. Journalism and Global Studies, University of Iowa, 1982
M.A. Sociology, University of Iowa, 1985
Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, Princeton University, 1992
Dr. Rudkin serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) and holds the Centennial Chair in PMCH. She is a social epidemiologist and demographer with a primary research interest in the influence of social factors on health outcomes. Her educational research and program development activities focus on service learning, blended curricula, and the integration of public health and medicine. She is PI of the Primary Care Plus project, a five-year HRSA funded grant to integrate primary care and public health training in the medical school and the physician assistant studies program. Dr. Rudkin has served as Vice Chair for Education and Graduate Program Director in the Department of PMCH and led the expansion of public health educational opportunities at UTMB. She was instrumental in the Department of PMCH receiving the 2012 Outstanding Educational Program Award from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research. She is an elected member of the University of Texas Academy of Health Science Education and a UT Distinguished Teaching Professor, and a 2013 recipient of a UT System Regent's Outstanding Award. Dr. Rudkin is president-elect of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and represents preventive medicine departments on the AAMC Council of Faculty and Academic Societies.