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Karen Geletko MPH

Karen Geletko MPH

Assistant in Medicine
Main Campus

Job Description

Karen Geletko is an Assistant in Medicine for the Division of Health Affairs. She specializes in planning and conducting research projects in the intersecting areas of medicine and public health, tobacco prevention and cessation, preparedness and public health, and performance management and workforce development in public health.


Mrs. Geletko came to the College of Medicine in September 2005 after several years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the College of Medicine, Mrs. Geletko was an exercise analyst for an international consulting and management company providing services for governmental organizations. As a consultant, she developed and facilitated bioterrorism response exercises for the Georgia Division of Public Health to evaluate the interface between local public health, community partners and state and federal agencies in the conduct of incident management activities. Preceding her consultant work, Mrs. Geletko was an epidemiologist for the Florida Department of Health specializing in reportable disease surveillance projects. There she researched and conducted analysis of morbidity and surveillance data, assisted counties and the CDC in outbreak investigations, developed disease control policies and reportable disease surveillance procedures, and led the development team for a statewide syndromic surveillance system.

While at FSU COM, Mrs. Geletko’s research focus has been in tobacco dependency, particularly as it relates to adolescents as well as cessation and treatment. She is currently involved in a longitudinal study focused on improving surveillance measures of tobacco use among adolescent populations. In addition to tobacco research, she provides statewide leadership to the Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network in the development of model programs for training physicians and other health professionals to treat tobacco dependency. Part of this leadership includes involvement as a faculty member for the FSU AHEC Tobacco Treatment Specialist: 3 Day Foundation Course, which prepares graduates to practice as tobacco treatment specialists.


BA, University of Northern Iowa
MPH, University of North Carolina


Tobacco Cessation Alliance


Academy Health
Florida Public Health Association
Florida Rural Health Association

Research Focus

Medicine and public health collaboration and coordination
Tobacco dependency prevention and cessation
Disaster/emergency preparedness and response
Performance management and workforce development


Saunders C, Geletko K. Adolescent Cigarette Smokers’ and Non-cigarette Smokers’ Use of Alternative Tobacco Products. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2012 February 7, 2012.

Geletko KW, Hunt A, Beitsch LM. Impact of the Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Association (NICA) on Obstetrician and Attorney Practices. Florida Public Health Review, 2012; 9, 110-114.

Geletko KW, Beitsch LM, Lundberg M, Brooks RG. Reducing the impact of the health care access crisis through volunteerism: A means, not an end. Am J Public Health 2009 Jul;99(7):1166-9.