Denise R. Hinds

Education Profile:

DrPH., Loma Linda University School of Public Health, 2011
MPH, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, 1999
BS, Columbia Union College (now WAU), 1995


Denise R. Hinds, Chair and Assistant Professor for the Department of Health, Wellness, and Physical Education, joined Washington Adventist University (WAU) in 2017. She has extensive experience in health education and promotion, program planning, implementation, evaluation, and collaborating with community organizations.  These experiences have been in private, county, and non-profit sectors where she engaged in developing ethnic-specific education programs and materials, grant writing, health policy advocacy, and ethnic-centered community-based participatory health research methodology.

Dr. Hinds is a native of New Jersey with Jamaican roots. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, reading, cooking (especially vegan cuisines), eating, roller skating, bowling, shopping, watching movies (primarily based-on true stories), participating in obstacle races (completed Spartan Trifecta 2018), and quality time with family and friends. Most importantly, she loves the Lord, and desires to serve Him by encouraging spiritual, physical, and mental health for all people.

Professional Activities:

Dr. Hinds obtained her Doctor of Public Health degree in preventive care and Master of Public Health in maternal and child health. Her dissertation focused on the effects of breastfeeding and lifestyle on long-term maternal weight change. Her areas of interest include preventive health, maternal and child health, health disparities, African American health, reproductive health, and community-based health promotion.