School of Nursing and Health Studies

Hoa Appel, Lecturer

Hoa Appel

Hoa B. Appel, PhD, MPH

Prior to joining UWB, Hoa Appel served as Director of the Social Work department at a skilled nursing facility and, subsequently, as Disease Management Manager for a health plan. She served as Principal Investigator for the Association for Prevention Teaching & Research in her doctoral research, which focused on depression among minority women during pregnancy and postpartum. Hoa was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at UW Seattle. She recently designed and implemented an afterschool program for Tulalip elementary students to improve educational benchmarks and interpersonal skills.



Hoa’s research has focused on racial, ethnic and cultural disparities in mental health among underserved populations. Her research included the study of physical, behavioral and mental health in these populations using community-based participatory research protocol. Her research interests have since expanded to include behavioral, psychosocial and environmental factors, and the roles they play in childhood obesity. She was the PI on a UW Institute of Translational Health Sciences’ grant for a pilot childhood obesity project using a computer app. Hoa’s publications explore the protective and promotive factors in mental health.


University of Washington
Seattle, WA
  • National Institute of Mental Health, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • National Latino and Asian American Study
Walden University
Minneapolis, MN
  • Ph.D., Health Services. Dissertation: Depression among Minority Women during Pregnancy and Postpartum.
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, CA
  • M.P.H., Global Health. Thesis: Neighborhood Team Project in Snohomish County.
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
  • B.A., Social Welfare





Courses Taught


  • BHLTH 179 Interpersonal Communications

  • BHS 300 Principles of Health Research

  • BHS 310 Pathways to Health Studies

  • BHS 496 Health Studies Fieldwork

  • BHLTH 497 Special Projects

  • BNURS 498 Special Projects 

  • BHLTH 498 Projects in Health

  • BHLTH 499 Undergraduate Research