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About Gulzar H. Shah

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 Southern'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 research interests include data improvement; practice-based PHSSR; eHealth and public health informatics; and public health finances.


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)