Susan Turner, MD, MPH, MS

Susan Turner bio

Susan Turner, MD, MPH, MS

Susan Turner, MD, MPH, MS, joined the Kitsap Public Health District, located in Bremerton, Washington, in December 2014 as the District’s Health Officer. Before joining the Kitsap Public Health District, Dr. Turner was the Associate Director/ Deputy Health Officer and Medical Director for the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County in Pensacola, Florida for nine years. Prior to that, she served as Health Officer for the Walton County Health Department in Florida for ten years, during which she attended the National Public Health Institute as a member of the 12th class. Following Family Medicine Residency, she was Health Officer and family physician at the Dixie County Health Department for two years as part of the National Health Service Corp. While in Florida, she served on the “Standards Workgroup” of the Public Health Accreditation Board during the development of national public health accreditation standards, and currently serves in one of the first accredited local health jurisdictions in Washington State.

Special areas of professional interest include Foundational Public Health Services, public health accreditation, evidence-based practices and policies, strategic planning and implementation, performance management, and business excellence. Her experience in variously sized local health departments, from 17 to 425 FTE, in counties from 10,000 to 300,000 population, provides multiple experiences and perspectives that inform her work.

Dr. Turner was raised in the Midwest and then the Pacific Northwest starting in 6th grade when her family moved to Bellevue, Washington.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science and a Master of Science degree in Sports Science from the University of Washington. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida and completed a Family Medicine Residency at the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. She completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida.

Dr. Turner’s personal interests include eating nutritionally, jogging, hiking, sewing, cooking, playing the piano, gardening, enjoying the outdoors actively. She and her husband, a community health worker, live happily with their Siamese cat, Romeo, in Hansville, Washington.