Outreach Programs Coordinator

Community Medicine and Population Health

Phone: (205) 348-1937


Melissa Cox, PhD, is Outreach Programs Coordinator for the Rural Health Leaders Pipeline in the Department of Community and Rural Medicine. In that role, she works with rural Alabama communities to establish programs for high school students interested in entering health professional education programs, and she is director of the West Alabama Health Development Partnership Project and the Hale County Project. She also administers Appalachian Regional Commission grant funding to provide rural clinical training and outreach experiences for students in the Rural Health Leaders Pipeline and students in high school programs. Cox works with local and state leaders and federal funding agencies to support current health professionals in their roles as providers, role models, teachers and community leaders and to establish partnerships among health care entities, educational institutions and other resources 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. Cox 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.