Kim Tippens, ND, MS, MPH

[courses/subjects] Visionary Medicine | Social Influences on Health 

Dr. Kim Tippens is a naturopathic physician, researcher, public health evaluator, educator and advocate for equity and social justice. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine and master’s in acupuncture from Bastyr University.  After completing a clinical residency program at the National University of Natural Medicine, Dr. Tippens was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship through the National Institutes of Health to receive training in health disparities and health services research.  During that time, she earned a master’s degree in public health epidemiology and biostatistics from the Oregon Health & Sciences University.

During her 12-year term as a faculty member at NUNM, Dr. Tippens taught courses in evidence-based medicine, research methods, public health policy.  She also worked with students and faculty to incorporate coursework in social medicine and culturally competent health care delivery, with the goal of promoting diversity and excellence in medical education. Dr. Tippens’ policy experience includes service on the State of Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission and the Oregon Health Authority Cultural Competency Continuing Education Curriculum Approval Committee.

Dr. Tippens currently works as a social research scientist, applying her diverse experiences in health care, research, and public health policy to the evaluation of public health initiatives in government and community settings.