Maria KoleilatMaria Koleilat DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor
Location: KHS 140
Telephone: (657)278-5423



Advising Areas:
Nutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Obesity, Childhood Obesity, Biostatistics

Courses Taught:

PUBH 350: Nutrition: Vital Link to Better Health
PUBH 472: Nutritional Assessment
PUBH 349: Measurements and Statistics in Health Science
PUBH 475: Health Science Planning, Research, and Evaluation


Dr. Maria Koleilat is an associate professor and the Public Health Nutrition concentration lead in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). She received her DrPH in Community Health Sciences with a minor in Biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master in Public Health Nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is also a certified SAS programmer. Dr. Koleilat is a trained public health nutritionist with fifteen years of experience conducting research focusing on the interplay of early-life risks and environmental factors in the etiology of obesity among participants of the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Specifically, her past (USDA-funded study) and current research projects focus on helping WIC mothers avoid excessive gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention. Dr. Koleilat is currently the co-director of the Center for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention at CSUF and the chair of the Community and Public Health Nutrition Research Interest Section (RIS) at the American Society for Nutrition. In addition, Dr. Koleilat serves as co-editor of the Californian Journal of Health Promotion. Dr. Koleilat is also a language enthusiast; she speaks English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.