Rose Hennessey Garza

Rose Hennessy Garza, PhD

  • Assistant Visiting Professor


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Implementation Science & Engineering Lab, School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Wisconsin — Madison
PhD, Public Health — Community & Behavioral Health Promotion, University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee
MPH, Community Health Sciences, University of California — Los Angeles
BA, Biology, Society, & Environment, University of Minnesota — Twin Cities

Dr. Hennessy Garza is a prevention scholar, implementation scientist, and program evaluator focused on sexual violence prevention, women’s health, and health disparities. She brings over a decade of experience in sexual violence prevention, advocacy, evaluation, and research. Her work primarily focuses in Wisconsin and also includes national and global health projects. Dr. Hennessy Garza envisions a world free from violence or the threat of violence. She uses mixed methods, participatory action research, and culturally responsive evaluation alongside communities to rigorously develop, implement, and study solutions to public health problems. She believes research should improve the public’s health in real time, and is passionate about closing the research-to-practice gap by working directly with stakeholders. Her current research focuses on sexual violence prevention on college campuses along with consultation to public health projects on COPD and global health screening. Teaching the future public health workforce is a top priority for her, and she enjoys working with students to build knowledge and skills in public health research methods and practice.

Dr. Hennessy Garza received her BA in Biology, Society, & Environment from the University of Minnesota — Twin Cities and her MPH in Community Health Sciences from the University of California — Los Angeles. She returns as an alumnus of UW-Milwaukee, having been awarded her doctorate in Public Health, Community & Behavioral Health Promotion from the Joseph J Zilber School of Public Health. Her postdoctoral training focused on implementation science within the Implementation Science & Engineering Lab at the University of Wisconsin — Madison.

Courses Taught

  • PH101 Introduction to Public Health
  • PH304 Foundations of Epidemiology
  • PH725 Theories & Models of Health Behavior
  • PH427 Strategies for Action in Public Health
  • PH758 Social Epidemiology
  • SW794 Evaluation of Programs