Dr. Patricia Rhynders

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Dr. Patricia Rhynders

Dean - College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Patricia Rhynders is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with more than 30 years’ experience developing and directing health promotion programs in community, nonprofit, hospital, and academic settings. She has extensive experience creating, teaching, and assessing e-learning curricula, has been full-time faculty at Trident University since 2004, and is currently the University Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Rhynders has maintained an active role in her field via community-based participatory research funded by the Corbett Charitable Trust Grant Fund – UNCW, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Hemophilia Foundation, California Endowment, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She serves as a mentor and advisor on national committees of the American Public Health Association, Society for Public Health Education, and the National Public Health Council, as well as editorial boards of several scholarly journals.

Favorite Quote

Teaching is like selling; you can't have a sale unless someone buys. You haven't taught unless someone has learned. John Dewey, as cited in McKeachie, 1994


  • Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security
  • Master of Science in Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Health Sciences


  • Rhynders, P.A., Sayers, C.A., Presley, R.J., Thierry, J.M. (2014). Providing young women with credible health information about bleeding disorders. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
  • Rhynders, P. et al. (2012, March). Young Women and Bleeding Disorders: Increasing Awareness. In From Outcomes to Impact: Addressing translational blocks to improving the public's health (p 58). Atlanta, GA. 2nd National Conference on Blood Disorders.
  • Becker, C. & Rhynders, P. (2013). Its time to make the profession of health about health. Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, 41(1), 1-3.
  • Providing credible health information for young women and bleeding disorders at the American Public Health Association national conference, Boston, MA. November 2013.
  • Feedback as a Tool to Promote Learning and Encourage Persistence at the American Association for Health Education national conference, Charlotte, NC, April 2013.
  • Young Women and Bleeding Disorders: Increasing Awareness. [Won the Best Health Promotion Presentation Award] 2nd National Conference on Blood Disorders in Public Health. Atlanta, GA, March 2012.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Rhynders’ areas of expertise include:

  • Health Education
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Communications
  • Curriculum Development
  • Community-Based Programming
  • Injury Prevention
  • Child Passenger Safety
  • Rheumatic Diseases
  • Bleeding Disorders

Education History

  • PhD Health Studies, Higher Education - Texas Woman's University (2003)
  • Master of Public Health - California State University, Long Beach (1990)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Science - SUNY College at Brockport (1981)
  • Certificate in Occupational Health, University of California, Irvine
  • Certificate in Medical Secretarial Science - Berkeley College