David Line, PhD, MPH, LMSW, EMT

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  • COVID-19 Focus: Public Health/Pandemics
  • Public Health Policy
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Public Health History
  • Environmental Health
  • Behavioral Health
  • Youth Oriented Programs
  • Online Education


Prior to coming to EWU, Line served as a county public health emergency preparedness division manager. In this position he served as the incident commander during outbreaks of the pneumatic plague, Hantavirus, West Nile and measles in Arizona and New Mexico. He also led county responses and worked with the Arizona State Lab, the Arizona Department of Health, developed response plans, and advised the health officers and other government officials in response options. Prior to assuming the role of PHEP division manager, Line was a county coordinator of the Community Emergency Response Team.

Line has 20 years of experience as a New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue Incident Commander. With the NMSP, he acted in a variety of capacities including planning, logistics, and served as operations section chief, public information officer and liaison officer. His search and rescue experiences include six summers at the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Parks serving their Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) program, as well as providing medical services at adventure races. These activities were part of his responsibilities as coordinator of the Apache Rescue Team, a youth oriented search and rescue team funded by the Arizona Supreme Court.

In academia, Line has complemented his in person instruction with 10 years as a full-time online faculty member in the master’s of public health program at A.T. Still University. His research interests include qualitative and quantitative studies on services provided to medically involved youth, water quantity and its impact on public health, and online education.

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