Dr. Keon L. Gilbert

(Health Fellows & Scholars)
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Salus Center
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, Missouri
United States

Focus Areas

Biology / Chemistry / Physical Science
Policy & Education


Keon Gilbert, DrPH, MA, MPA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science & Health Education at St. Louis University. His work draws on inter-disciplinary training in Biology, African American Studies, Public Affairs and Public Health to investigate the intersection of racial identity, racial socialization, and structural racism as an important, yet unexplored, social determinant of African American male's health across the life course. Part of understanding this intersection is to understand cultural and structural changes within African American communities over time and to better understand the opportunities and limitations of male's participation in formal organizations, social networks and systems of social support where they live, work and play. Dr. Gilbert's research interests include social capital, health disparities, African American Men's health, and interventions to prevent chronic diseases. Specifically interventions he researches include: Developing diverse partnerships to build community capacity to sustain health initiatives; understanding the effects of racism at individual-and-community-levels, and the various systems that reinforce racist ideologies; understanding the cultural relevance to health promotion and disease prevention; and promoting the development and enhancement of social networks to improve health behaviors. Dr. Gilbert is also a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.