Angelica Hardee Ph.D.

Mentor. Professor. Advocate. Motivational Speaker. Public Health Revolutionary.


Dr. Angelica Hardee (affectionally known as Dr.gelz) is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Hardee is a three-time alumna of the University of Cincinnati (UC) where she received her bachelors, masters and doctorate in public health. At UC Dr. Hardee’s studies focused in global health systems and health policy. While attending graduate school she has taught numerous courses such as Epidemiology, Intro to Global Health and Environmental Health. Dr. Hardee’s dissertation was related to malaria control methods among pregnant women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Her research internationally addressed the needs amongst the world's most vulnerable populations. In addition, she established health promotion and education programs while teaching and mentoring students interested in public health.

Dr. Hardee’s research fills a significant gap in the literature by focusing on burdens of health in communities around the globe. Studying aboard while in graduate school ignited her passion and dedication to public health. Dr. Hardee has always enjoyed serving locally, but I soon realized she had the potential to make a difference not only in her own community, but worldwide. Dr. Hardee attributes her dedication and passion for public health associated with her love for volunteering. Working everywhere from local classrooms at the University of Cincinnati to small communities in developing nations, she wants to be a part of eliminating health disparities. Dr. Hardee recently co-founded Let’s Change Our City a community initiative in Cincinnati, Ohio. Within the organization students from neighboring universities are able to engage with community partners and refer patients to essential social services addressing both communicable and non-communicable diseases. Dr. Hardee always knew her future was in healthcare, but not as a medical doctor. Rather her passion for public health can help to inspire change of health outcomes.

Currently Dr. Hardee lives in Cincinnati, Ohio and works in the non-profit sector focused on population health. In her current role she works with health systems and community agencies to address and navigate health related social needs. In addition to her primary role Dr. Hardee works with public health organizations to implement policies to improve health in Ohio. She also mentors youth and tutors high school students on ACT & SAT preparation while mentoring college students and young professionals navigating the public health field.


Interested in booking Dr. Hardee for public speaking engagements? Specific non-research keynotes and panels? Book Dr. Hardee - she's spoken during numerous University of Cincinnati events including for the African American Cultural Resource Center.


Dr. Hardee has taught and facilitated a number of undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition, she has published in both academic journals, editorials  and books, and received over $20,000 in competitive grant funding. She has presented at regional and national conferences in Washington D.C., North Carolina, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.  


Dr. Hardee is passionate about serving her community. Dr. Hardee is a mentor to college undergraduate and graduate students and young professionals in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Alabama, Washington D.C., nationwide and aboard! She aims to be a resource to others, and enjoys serving her community. In addition, she serves as President of Urban League Young Professionals of Greater Southwestern Ohio.

For her aforementioned work, Dr. Hardee has been the recipient of the Ohio Public Health Association Graduate Student Merit Award, the Kunjifunza Academic Award, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Excellence in Teaching Award, the UC Graduate Mentor of the Year Award, the CCTST Student Academic-Community Partnership Award, the CCTST Community Engagement Core Educational/Service Learning Project Award, the Graduate Student Governance Association Conference Travel Award, the College of Human Services Conference Travel Award, the National Black Graduate Student Association Oral Presentation 1st Place Award, been a semi-finalist for the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship, and been named a WCPO Next Nine: Local Leaders in Health.



In addition to finding my passion for global health, Dr.Hardee encouraged and recommended me to the prestigious internship she previously obtained at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I was awarded the internship and able to gain federal work experience as an undergraduate student which will making myself extremely competitive candidate as I apply to top public health programs in the country. I am proud to officially be studying health promotion and education, preparing to focus in global health in graduate school. 

-Mabtinu Kanu



Based in Cincinnati, OH 

Will travel upon request

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