Kristina Garcia-Guettler, Ph.D., CHES

Instructional Associate Professor
Department of Health Education & Behavior

  • Ph.D. in Health Education, Texas A&M University (2011)
  • M.S in Health Education, Florida State University (2001)
  • B.S. in Health Science Education, University Florida (1999)

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Contact Info

FLG 128
P.O. Box 118210
Gainesville, FL 32611-8210
(352) 294-1817 |


Kristina “Tina” Garcia-Guettler earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in health education from the University of Florida, and Florida State University, respectively.  Shortly after receiving her M.S., Dr. Garcia served as the Coordinator of Community Health Programs at Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center (GN-AHEC).  As Coordinator, she designed, implemented, and evaluated diverse health education & promotion programs and health fairs for schools, corporations/worksites, hospitals, community groups, service organizations, as well as underserved populations within the counties encompassed by GN-AHEC’s service area: Citrus, Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando, and Hillsborough.

Dr. Garcia-Guettler returned to school after time well spent with GN-AHEC and earned her Ph.D. in 2011 from Texas A&M University.  Prior to joining the Department of Health Education and Behavior at the University of Florida in 2014, Dr. Garcia served as an Assistant Professor at SUNY – Buffalo State College in the Department of Health & Wellness.

Research Interests

  • Multidimensional wellness & quality of life of college students
  • Pre-professional and career development for health education majors
  • Foundations of health education & health promotion
  • Health education & health promotion program development and evaluation
  • Community health
  • School health
  • Corporate/Worksite health


  • HSC 3032: Foundations of Health Education
  • HSC 3201: Community/Environmental Health
  • HSC 4302: Methods & Materials in Health Education
  • HSC 4579: Women’s Health
  • HSC 6575: Women’s Health