Maria V. Alexandrova Assistant Professor of the Practice

Maternal and Child Health
Maria V. Alexandrova

Research Interests:

My expertise cover health care, academic, and diverse community settings in women's and children's health, international health, health disparities, use of technologies in health, health theories and models of change, community-tailored health programming with publications and presentations at the peer-reviewed journals and conferences. My global health experience ranging from the medical practice at the under-resourced health care system in Russia to serving as a founder and first president of the Global Health Club at the Minnesota State University, Mankato; working as an intern at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to the international research in women's health and ecological projects in Russia, Sweden, Germany, and the United States. My paramount research interests are prevention of maternal and infant mortality, use of modern technology platforms for community-outreach, and prevention of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)-associated cancers. My current role within the Master’s of Science in Global Health program encompasses Maternal and Child Health (MCH) area of teaching and research.



  • Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Notre Dame, IN  2018–Present
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Georgia Southern University  2015
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Purdue University  2012-2013
  • Instructor in Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale  2008-2011
  • Instructor in Human Anatomy, Minnesota State University Mankato  2007-2008
  • Intern, NGO “Meaningful World” Association for Trauma Outreach and Prevention  2007
  • Medical Doctor, Obstetrician-Gynecologist Novgorod Central City Clinical Hospital, Russia  2004-2006
  • PhD in Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale  2012
  • MS in Community Health, Minnesota State University Mankato  2008
  • OB-GYN, Saint Petersburg Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Saint Petersburg, Russia  2004
  • MD, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, Veliky Novgorod, Russia  2002


Selected Recent Papers:

  • Ritzel, D., Gautam, Y., Alexandrova, M., Ratnapradipa, D. (2013). Water, Heat, Drought, and Public Health in the Midwest USA - 2012. Health, Environment, and Education, 6, 58-64.
  • Alexandrova M. (2013). Behavioral health services: Evaluation. Children who are abused and neglected. Education content areas: Community health. Education content areas: Environmental health. Education content areas: Human growth and development. Education content areas: Personal health. Education content Areas: Prevention and control of diseases in Wiley, D. & Cory, A. Encyclopedia of School Health. SAGE Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA
  • Alexandrova M. (2012). Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behaviors of Russian college students regarding Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination. Dissertation. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL, 217
  • Ritzel, D., Gautam, Y., Alexandrova, M. (2012). Human and environmental health action plan: Smart strategies for a sustainable future. Umwelt und Gesundheit Online (Environment and Health Online), 5, 6-12
  • Alexandrova, M., Middleton, W., & Shaffer, S. (2011). Evaluation of campus health services: Assessing the international students’ integration into the SIUC health services. Eta Sigma Gamma Student Monograph, 28(3), 19-23
  • Ritzel, D., Ratnapradipa, D., Alexandrova, M. (2011). The real and potential health, safety, and environmental issues from the 2010 BP gulf of Mexico oil spill. Umwelt und Gesundheit Online (Environment and Health Online), 4, 52-60
  • Alexandrova M. (2010). Facebook/social networking in Kittleson, M. Teaching with Web 2.0. Benjamin Cummings - Pearson Education, San Francisco, CA
  • Alexandrova M. & Dhaliwal S. (2010). World War III: Will it be the struggle for clean and safe drinking water? Umwelt und Gesundheit Online (Environment and Health Online), 3, 41-45
  • Alexandrova M. (2008). Study looks at HPV vaccine awareness and use. American Public Health Association. Fall 2008 Newsletter
  • Alexandrova M. (2008). Human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination awareness, accessibility, and application among selected college students. Thesis. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Mankato, MN, 85