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Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN, FSHAM

Associate Professor

​Scott Harpin is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and holds a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health. He has worked as an advanced-practice public health nurse since the early 2000s. His long-time practice was at St. Joseph’s Home for Children in Minneapolis, which served as the central intake site for children entering the child protection system. Since joining the faculty at CU, Harpin has partnered with Urban Peak (Denver, CO) to investigate health utilization patterns of homeless youth and more recently with community partners addressing human trafficking in the Denver Metro. His research expertise extends to secondary data analyses of datasets, as well as using mixed methods for exploratory research to understand marginalized public health populations. 
Harpin is the LPH concentration coordinator in the School of Public Health, and co-director of the DNP/MPH “Dual Degree” and DNP-PHN programs in the College of Nursing. He also serves as co-chair of the Colorado Child Fatality Review Team (Governor’s appointment), is a College of Nursing representative to the CU Community-Campus Partnership Initiative, and volunteers with the Rocky Mountain Medical Reserve Corps. He lives with his wife and 2 daughters in southeast Denver.
Research Interests:
  • Adolescent health
  • At-risk Youth Behaviors
  • Mental Health
  • Resilience of Young People

  • PhD, University of Minnesota (Nursing)
  • MPH, University of Minnesota (Maternal-Child Health)
  • MS, University of Minnesota (Adolescent Nursing)
  • BS, Edgewood College (Nursing)

Publication updates:
  • Harpin SB, Brooks-Russell A, Ma M, James K, & Levinson A. (2017). Adolescent marijuana use and perceived ease of access before and after recreational marijuana implementation in Colorado. Substance Use & Misuse, 53(3), 451-456. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1334069
  • Harpin SB, Elliott, A., Auerswald, C. (2017). An moral case for universal healthcare for runaway and homeless youth. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, 10(3). 195-202. doi: 10.1108/IJHRH-03-2017-0009.
  • Shaw K, Harpin SB, Steinke G, Stember M, & Krajicek M. (2017). Development of an innovative graduate education program to improve the public health nursing workforce: The University of Colorado DNP/MPH Dual Degree. Public Health Nursing, 34(2), 185-193. doi: 10.1111/phn.12300

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