Tania Basta, PhD, MPH, CHES

Ohio University

Associate Professor, Department of Social and Public Health

Contact Information

W359 Grover Center
Ohio University
Athens OH 45701

Phone: 740.593.4681
Fax: 740.593.0555
Email: basta@ohio.edu

University of Georgia, PhD
Indiana University, MPH


Dr. Tania Basta is Associate Director for the Appalachian Rural Health Institute (ARHI), which is an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the College of Health Sciences and Professions. Dr. Basta is also the Coordinator for the Community Health Services undergraduate program at Ohio University, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate level community health and public health courses. She is well published in the areas of HIV and mental health and HIV and exercise and has published in the following journals: American Journal of Health Behavior, the American Journal of Health Education, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, and AIDS Care. Dr. Basta has served as Program Chair and Chair for the HIV/AIDS Section of the American Public Health Association and is currently the Immediate Past Char of the HIV/AIDS Section.

Research Interests

  • HIV and mental health 
  • HIV and quality of life 
  • Rural Appalachian health issues 
  • Overweight and obesity 

Practice Interests

  • Engaging community members as partners through community-based participatory research (CBPR) 
  • Engaging and mentoring students in the research process 

Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health Involvement

  • Faculty appointment 
  • Course director, Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health 
  • Admissions Committee member 
  • Capstone preceptor 
  • Program Coordinator 

Capstone or Practicum Areas of Expertise

  • Increasing quality of life for individuals living with HIV/AIDS 
  • Overweight and obesity prevention 
  • Appalachian health 
  • Health behavior theory