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Aaron Hunt

Dr. Aaron Hunt, MPH Coordinator, Assistant Professor


Volunteer Faculty

Office Building

Avera Health and Science Center



Mailing Address

Avera Health & Science 149
Allied & Population Health-Box 2022C
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Aaron Hunt Ph.D., MPH, completed his MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he specialized in environmental and global health. He is a researcher and lecturer with a background in HIV prevention, global health, nutrition, health education, behavior change, and environmental health. He has experience working for HRSA and NIH funded HIV/AIDS prevention programs in both the United States and Nigeria. In addition, he has worked on environmental sampling and active surveillance projects for the Department of Homeland Security. His current research focuses on improving maternal child health outcomes and reducing health disparities through the use of mobile health technologies.


09/2015-12/2018 Doctor of Philosophy, Public Health; University of Nevada, Las Vegas

09/2010-05/2013 Master of Public Health; University of Nevada, Las Vegas

09/2002-05/2007 Bachelor of Science, Nutritional Science; University of Nevada, Reno

Academic Interests

• Maternal and Child Health
• Nutrition
• Global Health
• HIV Prevention
• Health Disparities
• Environmental Health
• Telehealth and Mobile Health

Committee Activities

College Committees: Diversity and Inclusion Committee, College Council, MPH Admissions, MPH Curriculum & Assessment, MPH Curriculum Progression and Variation Committee

Work Experience

2018-2019 Program Coordinator: Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program (HRSA-16-042). A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona, Mesa AZ

2016-Current Public Health Lecturer: Undergraduate online and in person classes. School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas

2013-2017 Biological Field Technician: Biowatch program (Department of Homeland Security), University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2012-2016 Research Coordinator: NIH/PEPFAR Collaboration for Advancing Implementation Science in Prevention of Maternal-Child HIV Transmission (NIH 1R01HD075050-01). University of Nevada School of Medicine/University of Nevada, Las Vegas

2012-2016 Administrative Officer for the HealthySunrise Foundation which is a non-Profit organization focused on improving maternal child health outcomes through effective interventions around the globe.

2012-2015 Program Coordinator: Ryan White Title IV Women, Infants, Children, Youth and Affected Family Members AIDS Healthcare Program (HRSA H12HA24832). University of Nevada School of Medicine

2012-2013 Program Coordinator: Nevada Care Program, Maternal-Child HIV Program. HRSA/AAP Healthy Tomorrow Partnership (HRSA H17MC21712).University of Nevada School of Medicine

2011-2012 Graduate Research Assistant: Emerging Diseases Laboratory. Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada Las Vegas

2010-2011 Research Analyst: The Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy (NICRP). University of Nevada Las Vegas

2007-2010 Research Assistant: Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology Laboratory, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana

Applications of Research


1. Olakunde B, Tanviben P, Hunt AT, Buffington A, Ezeanolue EE. Uptake of permanent contraception among women in sub-Saharan Africa: a literature review of barriers and facilitators. Contraception. 2019 April 99(4): 205-211.
2. Ganta V, Moonie S, Patel D, Hunt AT, Richardson J, Di John D, Ezeanolue EE. Timely reminder interventions to improve annual Papanicolaou (Pap) smear rates among HIV-infected women in an outpatient center of southern Nevada: a short report. AIDS Care. 2017 Sep;29(9):1099-1101. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2017.1322677.
3. Ezeanolue EE, Obiefune MC, Yang W, Ezeanolue CO, Pharr J, Osuji A, Ogidi AG, Hunt AT, Patel D, Ogedegbe G, Ehiri JE. What do You Need to Get Male Partners of Pregnant Women Tested for HIV in Resource Limited Settings? The Baby Shower Cluster Randomized Trial. AIDS Behav. 2017 Feb;21(2):587-596. doi: 10.1007/s10461-016-1626-0. PMID: 27933462
4. Ehiri JE, Iwelunmor J, Iheanacho T, Blackstone S, Obiefune MC, Ogidi AG, Ahunanya FU, Nnadi D, Patel D, Hunt AT, Ezeanolue EE. Using a Cultural Framework to Understand Factors Influencing HIV Testing in Nigeria. Int Q Community Health Educ. 2016 Oct;31(1):33-42. doi: 10.1177/0272684X16685258. PMID: 28030987
5. Burnham-Marusich AR, Ezeanolue CO, Obiefune MC, Yang W, Osuji A, Ogidi AG, Hunt AT, Patel D, Ezeanolue EE. Public Health Genomics. Prevalence of Sickle Cell Trait and Reliability of Self-Reported Status among Expectant Parents in Nigeria: Implications for Targeted Newborn Screening. 2016;19(5):298-306. doi: 10.1159/000448914. PMID: 27614873
6. Ezeanolue EE, Obiefune MC, Ezeanolue CO, Ehiri JE, Osuji A, Ogidi AG, Hunt AT, Patel D, Yang W, Pharr J, Ogedegbe G. Effect of a congregation-based intervention on uptake of HIV testing and linkage to care in pregnant women in Nigeria (Baby Shower): a cluster randomized trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Nov;3(11):e692-700. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00195-3. PMID: 26475016
7. Ezeanolue EE, Iwelunmor J, Asaolu I, Obiefune MC, Ezeanolue CO, Osuji A, Ogidi AG, Hunt AT, Patel D, Yang W, Ehiri JE. Impact of male partner's awareness and support for contraceptives on female intent to use contraceptives in southeast Nigeria. BMC Public Health. 2015 Sep 10;15:879. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2216-1. PMID: 26358642
8. Patel U, Pharr JR, Ihesiaba C, Oduenyi FU, Hunt AT, Patel D, Obiefune M, Chukwumerije N, Ezeanolue EE. Ebola Outbreak in Nigeria: Increasing Ebola Knowledge of Volunteer Health Advisors. Glob J Health Sci. 2015 May 17;8(1):72-8. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v8n1p72. PMID: 26234990
9. Ezeanolue EE, Pharr JR, Hunt A, Patel D, Jackson D. Why are Children Still Being Infected with HIV? Impact of an Integrated Public Health and Clinical Practice Intervention on Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007-2012. Ann Med Health Sci Res. 2015 Jul-Aug;5(4):253-9. doi: 10.4103/2141-9248.160189. PMID: 26229713
10. Ezenwosu OU, Chukwu BF, Ikefuna AN, Hunt AT, Keane J, Emodi IJ, Ezeanolue EE. Knowledge and awareness of personal sickle cell genotype among parents of children with sickle cell disease in southeast Nigeria. J Community Genet. 2015 Oct;6(4):369-74. doi: 10.1007/s12687-015-0225-5. PMID: 25869330
11. Wright BE, Schmidt KH, Hunt AT, Reschke DK, Minnick MF. Evolution of coordinated mutagenesis and somatic hypermutation in VH5. Mol Immunol. 2011 Dec;49(3):537-48. doi: 10.1016/j.molimm.2011.10.001. Epub 2011 Nov 5. PubMed PMID: 22056943; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3235918.
12. Wright BE, Schmidt KH, Hunt AT, Lodmell JS, Minnick MF, Reschke DK. The roles of transcription and genotoxins underlying p53 mutagenesis in vivo. Carcinogenesis. 2011 Oct;32(10):1559-67. doi: 10.1093/carcin/bgr177. Epub 2011 Jul 29. PubMed PMID: 21803733; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3179427.
13. Wright BE, Schmidt KH, Davis N, Hunt AT, Minnick MF. II. Correlations between secondary structure stability and mutation frequency during somatic hypermutation. Mol Immunol. 2008 Aug;45(13):3600-8. doi:10.1016/j.molimm.2008.05.012. Epub 2008 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 18584870; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2529022.


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