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About Jeffery A. Jones

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Jones holds a M.A. from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Jones has been working in public health research for over 20 years with more than 30 research grants totaling more than $6 million in funding.  His research has focused on using data science to enhance population health through collecting, analyzing, and visualizing health data.  For example, while working at the University of Kentucky he collected and analyzed the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey on adolescent health for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and the Kentucky Department of Education.  While working in adolescent and school health, Dr. Jones has worked with hundreds of Kentucky schools to improve students’ and employees’ health.  Dr. Jones’ research also focuses on LGBT and sexual health with multiple studies on HPV vaccination, comprehensive adult vaccinations among LGBT populations, and HIV care among Kentuckians of all sexual orientations.   More recently Dr. Jones’ work as looked at pedestrian fatalities, visualizations of Georgia pediatric Medicaid data, enhancing rural Georgia hospitals’ financial stability, and beach water quality.  Throughout his work and teaching in the areas of Health Informatics, Spatial Analysis, and Healthcare Analytics, Dr. Jones emphasizes the use of data science to improve lives.

Disciplines: Health Policy and Management
Teaching Interests: Spatial Analysis, Data Science, Informatics, LGBT Health, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, GIS


2016 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), Statesboro Campus
2015 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Center for STEM Education
2014 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Health Policy & Community Health

Curriculum Vitae

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  • GIS and Health (PUBH 7890)
  • Health Enterprise Analysis (HSPM 7337)
  • Spatial Analysis (PUBH 7090)
  • Public Health Policy and Advocacy (PUBH 3132)
  • Health Informatics (HSPM 7236-A) (Georgia Southern University)
  • Public Health Policy and Evaluation (HSPM 7135) (Georgia Southern University)
  • Geographic Information Systems: Fundamentals for Health Care (MI 6421) (Nova Southeastern University)
  • Measuring Health Behavior (CPH 646) (University of Kentucky)
  • Foundations of Public Health (CPH 778-407) (University of Kentucky)
  • Current Topics in Public Health (CPH 778-407) (University of Kentucky)
  • Clinical Concepts and Medical Terminology (CPH 778-405)(University of Kentucky)
  • GIS & Public Health (CPH 660) (University of Kentucky)
  • Kentucky Demographics (CPH 646) (University of Kentucky)


2001 Ph.D. in Geography, University of Kentucky
1991 M.A. in Geography, App State University
1988 B.A. in Psychology, App State University

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: 912-478-7422
Office: Hendricks Hall


Peer-Reviewed Publications (34)