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About Gulzar H. Shah

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Gulzar H. Shah, PhD, MStat, MS, is a Professor and Department Chair, Health Policy and Community Health at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH), Georgia Southern University. He is a prolific researcher who won Georgia Sothern’s 2016 Award for Excellence in Research. His interdisciplinary training and multisector work experience spans over 19 years, with appointments in both academia and public health practice agencies, nationally and internationally. Prior to joining JPHCOPH, he was the Lead Research Scientist at the National Association of County and City Health Departments (NACCHO), and the Director of Research at the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) prior to that. He also served at the Utah State Department of Health for six years, contributing significantly to patient safety project, maternal and child health research, informatics projects (such as IBIS-PH, MatCHIIM), and health services and systems research. 

Dr. Shah’s broader research interests include (1) data improvement; (2) practice-based Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR); (3) eHealth and public health informatics; and (4) public health finances. Specific PHSSR areas of publication include (a) accreditation of health departments and PH workforce; (b) public Health finance; (c) evidence-based public health and practice –based research; (d) quality improvement; (d) and child/adolescent health. The areas of grant funding include (a) global HIV/AIDS research and program evaluation; (b) building a rural health network development planning program; (c) Local health departments (LHDs) Health Informatics Capacity and Needs Assessment; (d) public health delivery and costs of sexually transmitted infections (STIs); (e) Local Public Health Agencies’ Meaningful-Use Readiness and Use of Health Information Technology Systems; (f) public health accreditation readiness (g) eliminating preventable Perinatal Injuries and Reduce Malpractice Claims Cost; (h) Predictors of Local Health Department Performance in Evidence-Based Public Health; and (i) Patient Safety Improvement Using State Reporting Systems.

Dr. Shah serves as the Associate Editor of the BMC Public Health, and Helyon, and as the Consulting Editor (biostatistics) for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Disciplines: Health Policy and Management
Teaching Interests: Sociological theory, health informatics and decision making


2014 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
2014 - Present Associate Dean for Research, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Health Policy and Community Health, Department of

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Quality Awards from Utah Department of Health for Outstanding Performance
  • Best Writer of the Session 1982-83, at Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan for exceptional contribution to the college magazine "FOLIO"
  • Recipient, Recognition Shield Awarded for “DISTINGIUISHED SCHOLAR for outstanding Academic Research”, European Journal of Scientific Research (2005)
  • Recipient, Nancy Rawding Employee of the Year Award, NACCHO (2009)
  • Keynote Speaker, 3rd International Conference on Statistical Sciences. Lahore, Pakistan (2010)
  • Keynote Speaker, 3rd International eHealth Conference –Road to National eHealth Strategy for Pakistan. Lahore, Pakistan (2012)
  • President, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Faculty Assembly (2013-2014)
  • Induntee, Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Society (2014)
  • Recipient, Mentor of the Year, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (2014)
  • Recipient, Karl E. Peace Leadership Award, Delta Omega Honor Society (2016)
  • Recipient, Georgia Southern University’s Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarly Activity (2016)


  • Contemporary Sociological Theory
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Methods of Social Research
  • Statistical Theory and Analyses (Mathematics 231)
  • Statistical Methods in Business (Stat. 222)
  • Survey of Statistical Packages (Stat. 5969)
  • Social Statistics I (Soc. 415)
  • Population Theories and Policies (Soc. 622)
  • Advanced Methods of Social Research (Soc. 610)
  • Introduction to Sociology (Soc. 101)
  • Industry and Society (Soc. 564/364)
  • Women in Third World Development (Soc. 491)
  • Contemporary Sociological Theory (Soc. 301)
  • Spoken Urdu: a course in Urdu (Linguistics 599)


1995 Ph.D. in Sociology, Utah State University
1990 M.S.S. in Anthropology, Statistics, & Sociology, Utah State University
1987 M.S. in Statistics, University of Punjab
1984 B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, F.C. College

Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478 2419
Fax: (912) 478 5811
Office: Hendricks Hall


Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals (96)