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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

Positions

July 2018 - Present Chair, Georgia Southern University Health Policy and Community Health, Department of
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2018 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
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2014 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
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Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Health Policy and Community Health, Department of
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June 2017 - June 2018 Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Georgia Southern University
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2012 - 2018 Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University
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2014 - 2017 Associate Dean for Research, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
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2013 - 2014 Director of Research, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
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Curriculum Vitae




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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Executive Board Member, Georgia Southern University’s Women and Gender Studies
2014 - Present Chair, JPHCOPH, DrPH Public Health Leadership Curriculum Development Committee, GSU
2014 - Present Chair, JPHCOPH, Faculty Research Committee, GSU
2013 - Present Member, JPHCOPH Leadership Committee, GSU
2019 - 2020 Member, Georgia Southern Academic Affairs Communications Work Group (AACSWG), GSU
2018 - 2019 Representative, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), Diversity and Inclusion Section
2018 - 2019 Member, JPHCOPH DrPH Dissertation Expectations and Format Committee, GSU
2017 - 2019 Associate Editor, BMC Public Health
2017 - 2019 Member, Dr.PH Health Policy and Management Planning Committee, gSU
2017 - 2019 President, Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University
2014 - 2019 Member, JPCOPH Leadership Committee, GSU
2014 - 2019 Site Visitor, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
2017 - 2018 Chair, Planning Committee for Research Section, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
2016 - 2017 President Elect, Gamma Theta Chapter of Delta Omega at Georgia Southern University
2016 - 2017 Chair, Planning Committee for Research Section, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
2015 - 2017 Member, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) DrPH Joint Group
2016 Member, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Section Retreat Planning Committee
2015 - 2016 Senior Associate Editor, Frontiers in Public Health Services and Systems Research
2014 - 2015 Chair, Faculty Service Committee, GSU
2013 Chair, Search Committee for the Assistant Professor Position in Health Policy and Management, GSU
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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)
  • Listed on 2019 Marquis Who’sWho list in the field of Health
  • Leadership Appointment, Editorial Board of the American Journal of Public Health (November 07, 2019 through November 09, 2022)

Courses

  • 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)

Education

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

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

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Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals (133)