Scott Harpin joined the CU College of Nursing in 2011. His research focuses on the health outcomes of vulnerable adolescent and young-adult populations, specifically runaway/homeless youth and those transitioning out of foster care. Areas of teaching include epidemiology, health promotion, nursing research, public health nursing and the professional role of nurses.
Harpin 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 all children entering the Hennepin County Child Protection System. While in Minnesota, he was a grant reader for the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Education for Family-Planning Special-Project Grants (Title X), STD/STI community grants, and Out-of-School Time community grants. He has served on the University of Minnesota Medical Reserve Corps leadership team, addressing crises subsequent to hurricane landfall (Louisiana, 2005), flood (Brainard, MN, 2009) and TB outbreak (Hennepin County, MN, 2008).
Since joining the faculty at CU, Harpin has partnered with Urban Peak (Denver, CO) to investigate health utilization patterns of homeless youth and the effectiveness of a tailored screening and brief intervention for newly homeless youth. He continues to work with Kempe Center and child maltreatment partners at Children's Hospital of St. Paul to study mental health and physical/sexual violence against children. Very recently, his team of public health nursing faculty was awarded a HRSA Bureau of Health Professions grant to develop a dual degree DNP/MPH program with the CU School of Public Health.