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West Lafayette, IN 47907

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Monica Kasting

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health

Courtesy Appointments

Department of Health and Kinesiology, College of Health and Human Sciences; Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Cancer prevention and control
  • Health promotion and health behavior
  • Physician-patient communication
  • Vaccine hesitancy

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity

Department of Public Health Research Area(s)

  • Women’s Health
  • Prevention Science
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Intervention and Implementation Science
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics


The overarching theme of Dr. Kasting’s interdisciplinary research program centers on improving preventive health behaviors and care delivery. She seeks to understand health behaviors as they relate to cancer prevention and address barriers to engaging in those healthy behaviors. The majority of Dr. Kasting’s work examines multilevel barriers to uptake of preventive health services. She explores this mainly through examining vaccine uptake and hesitancy (for both human papillomavirus [HPV] and COVID-19), and explores ways to increase hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening in primary care. Her vaccine-related research focuses on examining multilevel barriers to both HPV and COVID-19 vaccinations, including concerns about post-vaccination health behaviors (i.e., risk compensation), healthcare provider communication challenges, and broader systems-related issues surrounding healthcare provider recommendation. Her HCV-related work involves improving HCV screening among primary care patients. Dr. Kasting has worked across the cancer continuum and has expertise in social epidemiology, behavioral oncology, and mixed-methods research.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Oncology, 2016-2018, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
  • PhD in Epidemiology, 2011-2016, Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health
  • BS in Biology, 2006-2010, Purdue University

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Current Courses

  • PUBH 320 - Health Behavior and Health Promotion
  • PUBH 590 - Cancer in Public Health

Selected Honors/Awards

  • American Public Health Association, Public Health Education and Health Promotion Early Career Award - 2021
  • National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute Multilevel Intervention Training Institute - 2021
  • Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA), Promoting Pediatric Primary Prevention (P4) Challenge: Innovations in Pediatric Primary Care to Improve Child Health - 2021

Selected Grants

  • Principal Investigator, Developing an Intervention to Increase Hepatitis C Virus Screening among Baby Boomers in Primary Care, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI), Period: 07/01/2020-06/30/2022, Total: $164,400
  • Principal Investigator, Assessing the Feasibility and Acceptability of a Novel Adult Vaccination Paramedicine Approach to Enhancing Vaccine Confidence and Uptake in Rural Communities, Merck Investigator Initiated Studies Program, Period: 12/01/2021-08/30/2023, Total: $249,590
  • Co-Investigator, An Investigation of Indiana County-level Characteristics Associated with HPV Vaccine Series Completion among Children Aged 9 through 14 Years of Age. Merck Investigator Initiated Studies Program, Gregory Zimet (PI). Period: 03/01/2021-09/30/2022. Total: $157,635

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