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About Helen W. Bland

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
I began my academic career as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health & Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University in 1995.  My academic training is a B.S. and M.S. in Food and Nutrition Science, and a PhD in Community Health Education form SIUC.  Currently I am Professor in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.  My passion is teaching.  Courses that I have taught include graduate and undergraduate Research Methods courses, Intro to Global Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Maternal and Child Health, and a freshman 1220 Money Matters Finance course.  My particular areas of research are in Maternal and Child Health, Physical Activity, and Stress.  My research publications align with these interests (35+ peer reviewed articles, 125+ peer-reviewed presentations, 2 books, 25 grants). I believe service is the rent you pay for your space here on Earth.   I make annual trips to Haiti and serve as a Medical Translator.  I also work the Emory University PA and Medical Schools in the same capacity twice a year with mobile medical trips to southeast Georgia to serve farmworkers.  Currently, I am Co-Chair of the University Strategic Planning Committee.  I am President-Elect for Faculty Senate, I have served as senator for the College of Health and Human Sciences and now with JPHCOPH.  I have served as the Chair for the P&T Committee for our college and Chair of the Curriculum Committee. 

Disciplines: Community Health Behavior and Education
Teaching Interests: Research Methods and Evaluation, Maternal and Child Health, International Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Health Promotion Majors, Sexuality Education


2011 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Health Policy and Community Health, Department of
2001 - 2011 Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University
1995 - 2001 Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Inductee, Kappa Omicron Phi, National Honorary Society for Food & Nutrition (1980-84)
  • Outstanding Volunteer for 1996-1997, Girl Scouts Cherry Service Unit (1997)
  • Outstanding Volunteer for 1997-1998, Girl Scouts Cherry Service Unit (1998)
  • Eta Sigma Gamma, National Honorary Society for Health Education, 1993-present
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honorary Society for Educators, 1994-present
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers, 2000
  • GSU Faculty Volunteer of the Year, 2001
  • Nominated, Excellence in Teaching CHHS, 2001-2002
  • College of Health and Professional Studies Award for Service, 2002
  • Georgia Southern University's Award for Excellence in Service, 2003-2004
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2004-2005
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2005-2006
  • Best Brief Oral Presentation, American Association for Health Education, AAHPERD Annual Convention, 2010
  • 1st Place Research Poster, 28th Annual National Youth-At-Risk Conference (2017)


  • Health Services Administration (HLTH 7330)
  • Health Care Systems (HLTH 3132)
  • Health and Disease (HLTH 3131)
  • Healthful Living (HLTH 1520)
  • Research Methods in Health Sciences (COHE 6130)
  • Health Care Systems and Advocacy (HTLH 3132)
  • Introduction to Environmental Health (HLTH 3136)
  • Epidemiology & Biostatistics (HLTH 3231)
  • Research Methods and Evaluation (HLTH 4134)
  • Promotional Strategies in Health Promotion (HLTH 4330)
  • Internship for Health Education and Promotion (HLTH 4798)
  • Foundations of Health Education (HLTH 2130)
  • Research Methods and Evaluation (HLTH 3134)
  • Community Health (HLTH 3230)
  • Epidemiology & Vital Statistics (HLTH 3231)
  • Senior Seminar in Community Health (HTLH 4618)
  • Internship for Community Health/ Health Behavior (HLTH 4798/4799)
  • Maternal and Child Health (HLTH 4230)
  • Health Aspects of Aging (HLTH 4231)
  • Promotional Strategies in Health Promotion (HLTH 4330)
  • Community Health Education Methods (HLTH 7235)
  • Thesis (HLTH 7999)


1995 Ph.D. in Community Health Education, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1984 M.S. in Food and Nutrition, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1983 B.S. in Food and Nutrition, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 487-5137


Refereed Articles (37)