Felipe Agudelo

Assistant Professor


Doctor of Education, DePaul University
Master of Public Health, National School of Public Health at University of Antioquia (Colombia)

Felipe Agudelo is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Health at Simmons University. He began his career in public health with community projects focused on sanitation in rural areas in Colombia. Upon completing his MPH, he worked on various projects related to homeless children and civil rights and health conditions among sex workers. This experience led him to become coordinator of the Sexual Violence Observatory in Medellin, Colombia, where he continued to develop his passion for community health education and communication strategies to effectively reach vulnerable populations. He was drawn to education, specifically to curriculum studies, to better understand the role of education as a social determinant of health and to explore the use of various pedagogical approaches for the education of future public health practitioners.

While he was completing his doctorate, Agudelo worked at the Social Science Research Center at DePaul University on projects related to needle exchange among heroin users and human trafficking. He also worked on topics related to race, incarceration, and the discipline gap. Following the completion of his doctorate, Agudelo taught a course on immigrant and refugee health to MPH students at Boston University School of Public Health, and he worked as an education program manager in the Community Health Sciences Department. He has also worked at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses.

Agudelo’s current research focuses on the school-to-prison pipeline and the role of schools in developing health inequities as well as pedagogical approaches to public health education. When he is not in the classroom, Agudelo enjoys running, playing the ukulele, and documentaries about World War II.