University of Portland

Andrew Lafrenz PhD

School of Nursing & Health Innovations, Associate Professor

Andrew Lafrenz PhD



Buckley Center 301

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Andrew Lafrenz, PhD, MPH, is the Director of the Integrative Health and Wellness Program and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Health Innovations at the University of Portland. Upon completion of a Masters in Integrative Physiology at the University of Georgia, he became a full-time lecturer in the Biology Department at UP for eleven years. After attending Oregon State University and earning an MPH and PhD, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in epidemiology with the CDC. During that fellowship, he worked with the Wyoming Department of Health analyzing maternal and child health data related to obesity, physical activity, and nutrition. Andrew also served as the nutrition education coordinator for the award winning 3 to Ph.D. program, a partnership between Portland Public Schools and Concordia University. His career in higher education spans 18 years of teaching courses ranging from Anatomy and Physiology to Epidemiology and Community Organizing. Andrew was also an All-Academic student-athlete in track and cross-country for both the University of Portland and the University of Georgia. He also serves as an Epidemiologist and Disease Investigator on the Columbia County Public Health COVID-19 response team.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health, Oregon State University
  • Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, Oregon State University
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology, University of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, University of Portland


Andrew’s research focuses on behavioral epidemiology, health behavior, and health promotion related to COVID-19, obesity, physical activity, and nutrition across the lifespan.

Recent Publications

Lafrenz, A. (2021). 78. The Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Physical Activity and Mental Well-Being in Older Adolescents in College. Journal of Adolescent Health, 68(2), S42.

Lafrenz, A. (2020). Challenges in Conducting a Multicomponent, Theory-Based Intervention in Community-Based Research: The Recharge@Work Study to Reduce Sedentary Behavior in an Occupational Setting. SAGE Publications Ltd.

Lafrenz, A.,
Lust, T., Cleveland, M., Mirka, A., Downs, A., Goodin, B., & Van Hoomissen, J. (2018). Association between Psychosocial and Organizational Factors and Objectively Measured Sedentary Behavior in Desk-Dependent Office Workers. Occupational Health Science, 2(4), 323–335.