Mary Kramer, Associate Professor

Address: HCN 168
Phone: 507-389-1422


  • Ph.D. – Curriculum and Instruction, Exercise and Wellness Education, May 1996 College of Education and the Department of Exercise Science, Hybrid degree. Arizona State University, College of Education, Tempe, Arizona 
  • M.P.H.  Concentration: Health Education, June 1990, University of Hawaii, School of Public Health, Manoa, Hawaii
  • B.A.  Double Major: Health-Fitness and Biology, June 1986, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota 


  • Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist (CTTS), 7/2021,  Mayo Clinic Training 10/2020
  • Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC),WellCoaches, 12/2017 
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®); National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, since 5/1995, Master CHES (MCHES®) since 10/2012
  • Member and Board MemberMN SOPHE (Society of Public Health Educators), 2017-Present   
  • Member, Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE), 2012-Present
  • Member,MPHA (MN Public Health Association), 2016-Present 


  • Community Health Education
  • Applied Health Science: Health Education and Promotion, Public Health, Occupational Therapy Prep, Health Administration Prep


  • Associate Professor, Applied Health Science Department, 8/2016-Present  Minnesota State University-Mankato, Department of Health Sciences, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Associate Professor and Program Director, Public Health Education, 8/2012-7/2016, Wright State University, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Dayton, Ohio
  • Instructor, Health Education, 8/2011–5/2012, Wright State University, Department of Kinesiology and Health, Dayton, Ohio
  • Grants Manager and Program Director, 07/2008 –8/2011, Ohio Action for Healthy Kids, Columbus, Ohio
  • Tobacco-free Schools Consultant, 11/2006-6/2008, Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio
  • Director of Prevention and Early Detection, 5/1996 – 12/1998, American Cancer Society, Ohio Division, Dublin Ohio
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Exercise Science Department, 1/1994 – 5/1996, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
  • IV/AIDS Education Coordinator, 3/1993 – 5/1995, American Red Cross, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Health Educator, 9/1990 – 8/1992, St. Francis Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii 


  • HLTH 101 Health and the Environment
  • HLTH 240 Drug Education 
  • HLTH 361 Health Communications and Advocacy  
  • HLTH 477/577 Foundations of Behavior Change 
  • HLTH 665 Theory and Philosophy of Health Education
  • HLTH 677 Advanced Health Communications and Advocacy 
  • WCDP 617 Principles of Wellness Coaching 
  • WCDP 577 Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies 
  • WCDP 650 Advanced Wellness Coaching 


  • Tobacco Control
  • Policy and Prevention
  • School Health
  • Advocacy and Policy


Juried Publications (Please note she has published under surnames Chace and Kramer) 

  • Kramer, M. & Londgren, J.  (2020) Recovery’s got talent: A strength-based community-level intervention for people living in recovery, Health Promotion Practice, 21(6). 862-864.
  • Hicks, J. & Kramer, M.  (2020). Therapy dog ownership as serious leisure for members of a therapy dog volunteer group. People and Animals: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 3(1), 1-12. ISSN: 2575-9078 
  • Kramer, M., & Stovers, S. (2015). Incorporating clickers for social norms pedagogy. I-Manager’s Journal of Educational Technology, 12(3), 1-12. 
  • Chace, M., & Vilvens, H.  (2015). Opening the doors for health: School administrators’ perceived benefits, barriers and needs related to shared use of school recreational facilities for physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health12(7), 1017-1022. 
  • Chace, M., & Elston, A. (2015). Kids for cooking: Community partners join forces to create an afterschool cooking club for middle-schoolers: One piece of the puzzle to solving the childhood obesity epidemic. Ohio Electronic Middle Level Association Journal, Winter 2015 Issue. 
  • Chace, M., Elston, A., & Moening, K. (2014). An insight into active transportation rates and perceived barriers for walking/biking to school: An Ohio suburban middle school case study. Future Focus: Ohio Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance, 35(2), 12-27.
  • Stover, S., Bower, R., & Chace, M. (2013).  The importance of attending (online) class.  National Teacher Education Journal, 6(3), 110-118. 
  • Chace, M. (2012). Monthly wellness challenge: School wellness policies in action. Future Focus: Ohio Association for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance33(2), 10-21. 


  • Kramer, M. & Davidson, C.  (2020, May 20-23). Art research for change (ARC): Promoting a new university tobacco policy [Paper presentation]. Sixteenth International Congress of Qualitative InquiryChicago, IL, United States.
  • Schaefer, C., Kramer, M., Davidson, C., & Erickson, K. (2019, October 24). Using art to amplify student voices: art as advocacy, education and expression. [Poster presentation].  Second Annual Conference of the Minnesota Society for Public Health Education, St. Peter, MN. 
  • Erickson, K., Davidson, C., Kramer, M., & Schaefer, C.  (2019, October 24). Photovoice as a lens for university tobacco policy change. [Poster presentation]. Second Annual Conference of the Minnesota Society for Public Health Education, St. Peter, MN. 
  • Kramer, M. (2019, October) Preliminary Findings from Tobacco-Free Campus Policy Efforts at MSU-Mankato.  American College Health Association Conference-Midwest Conference, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, United States.  
  • Kramer, M. & Schaefer, C. (2019, October 10-11).  The Latest Scoop on Vaping in Minnesota and Tobacco-Free Campus Policies. 2019 Annual Conference of the Sociologists of Minnesota, Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, MN, United States. 
  • Kramer, M. (2019, March 28).  Recovery's Got Talent: Perceived Benefits Of A Community Level Strength-Based Intervention For People Living In RecoveryPaper Presented at 70th Annual Conference of the Society for Public Health Education, Salt Lake City, UT, Uni


  • March 15, 2021, “Outstanding Service and Leadership in the field of Health Education and Promotion”, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • October 23, 2014, “Distinguished Achievement in Advocacy Award,” American Heart Association Mideast Affiliate (Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware and Kentucky) for dedication and service in Advocacy and Public Health Policy.
  • October 24, 2013, “OSOPHE Spirit Award,” for commitment to the Ohio Society for Public Health Education, OSOPHE Health Educator’s Institute, Salt Fork State Park, Ohio. 
  • April 23, 2013, "Outstanding Faculty Commitment to A First Year Learning Community," for Freshman Seminar in Community Health and Wellness Class, Fall 2012, WSU First Year Programs, Dayton, Ohio. 


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