Portrait of Brianne Brenneman

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning


/ PhD Student

Brianne Brenneman

Brianne is a PhD student in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Michigan. Brianne’s research aims to connect the fields of community development and public health, with a focus on how social infrastructure can increase belonging and civic engagement. Her research uses mixed-method approaches and participatory planning/community-based participatory research tools. She seeks to partner with communities in centering health equity and utilizing frameworks such as the vital conditions frameworkBARHII framework, and social determinants of health to drive more culturally responsive and equitable community and economic development projects.

Brianne spent the past four years as the Director of the undergraduate program in public health at Goshen College. As an assistant professor in public health, Brianne taught 10 different courses ranging from public health, first-year experience, global education, and urban planning/community and economic development. Before working in academia, Brianne spent a year as the Community and Economic Development Director at a community development corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brianne completed her Masters in Public Health from University of Michigan in 2019 and a Bachelors in biochemistry with a minor in business from Goshen College in 2017.