Outreach Programs Coordinator

Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine

Phone: (205) 348-1937


Melissa Cox, PhD, is coordinator of Outreach Programs for the Rural Scholars Programs in the Department of Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine. She works with rural Alabama communities to establish programs for high school students interested in entering health professional education programs. She also works with local and state leaders and federal funding agencies to support health professionals in their roles as providers, role models, teachers and community leaders, and to establish partnerships among health care entities and educational institutions to support local health care developments. Cox received a PhD in Kinesiology from The University of Alabama, where she also received a master’s degree in Health Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance. She has worked in health education and wellness as an exercise physiologist, program coordinator, corporate wellness coordinator and supervisor of instructors with responsibility for scheduling, outreach and publicity.