Freneka F. Minter, Ph.D., MS, MCHES, PMP

Senior Research Specialist
Center For Population Health Informatics

Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Avenue
Suite 1400

Freneka F. Minter is the research program manager for the Center for Population Health Informatics, which is under the Department of Biomedical Informatics.  She provides project management, Institutional Review Board (IRB) support, and executes data access requests for almost twenty of the center's research projects. Freneka has recently completed her dissertation titled, "Gender Differences in Health Service Utilization Among Veterans With Acute Kidney Injury" at Walden University as a partial requirement for her doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in health services, which was conferred August 13, 2017. She also has both a B.S. in Chemistry (May 2002) and an M.S. in Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) with a concentration in Health (December 2005) from Middle Tennessee State University. She is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®), credentialed by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) in 2011 and Project Management Professional (PMP®), credentialed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2018. Her current position also includes a WOC appointment at the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems. Before this position, she worked for the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as a Health Education Specialist and at the Tennessee Department of Health, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program as a Public Health Educator. Other previous experiences include the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities' Division for Alcohol and Drug Abuse as a Prevention Specialist, MTSU's Center for Health and Human Services as Project Coordinator/Assistant. From these experiences, she has worked collaboratively with over 15 different local, state, and federal agencies in Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Prevention Efforts, Cancer Control and Prevention Efforts, and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention efforts.

Research Description

Minter, F. F. (2017). Gender differences in health service utilization among veterans with acute kidney. Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1915988404). Retrieved from… Also available at: