Christopher Duffrin, PhD, MCHES®

Christopher Duffrin, PhD, MCHES®


Phone: 630-829-6282
Office Location: Kindlon 254

Chris Duffrin is a Professor of Public Health at Benedictine University. Prior to joining the faculty at BU, Dr. Duffrin held positions at Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, as Fellowship Director and Associate Professor, and as Director of Grants Development at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has also held various administrative positions in higher education, including, Dean, Associate and Assistant Dean, and Director of Grants Management. Prior to entering his academic career, Dr. Duffrin had a career in prehospital medicine, serving as an EMT and Paramedic, and working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Economic Development Administration, and Western Illinois Regional Council on flood relief mitigation efforts. In addition, he served in the State Division of EMS in Ohio, where he designed and coordinated the development of the first EMS grants program, state trauma system, and EMS for Children system. His area of research interest is in health education for minority and low literacy patient populations, health workforce development, rural health, and improving clinical outcomes in rural systems of care. He holds the PhD in Higher Education, MS in Community Health, MEd in Educational Leadership, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), and has been a certified Paramedic /EMT since 1984.


Health workforce development, patient education for low income and minority populations, and improvements in systems of care.