UF College of Design, Construction & Planning

Jocelyn Widmer

Assistant Scholar and Director, MURP Online Degree Program
Urban and Regional Planning
Phone Number: 352-294-1487

BA, English/Art History, Southwestern University (2004)
MLA Texas A&M University (2007)
PhD University of Florida (2010)
MPH University of Florida (2012)


DCP 4930 Sustainable Innovations in Global Health (Spring)
DCP 3220 Social + Cultural Aspects of Sustainability (Summer B)

Biographical Information:

Jocelyn Widmer is the Program Director and Assistant Scholar for Online Degree Programs, Department of Urban & Regional Planning at the University of Florida.

Jocelyn has extensive experience in online education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including program and certificate design, course development and course instruction both at the University of Florida and at Virginia Tech. She believes in online education as a global game-changer, particularly in resource-challenged contexts.

Jocelyn’s experience in online technologies and engagement is also present in her international research agenda. She has worked in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America & the Caribbean with organizations, foundations, institutions, businesses, governments and civil society (including youth) to address global development issues from the policy realm to impacts at the community scale, with an emphasis on innovation using design thinking approaches. Her research lies at the intersections of urban planning and global health, with a particular focus on community- and technology-based approaches to development where communication and education are equally critical for dissemination and development.

Jocelyn’s teaching crosses disciplines of the built + natural environment and global health in both classroom-based and online settings in the areas of community engagement, international development, urbanization and development, and international field-based experiences.

Jocelyn holds a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) and a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in international development (University of Florida); in addition to a Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Texas A&M. She was also a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies Institute of Medicine’s Board on Children, Youth and Families, (Washington, DC).