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About Jessica Smith Schwind

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Jessica Smith Schwind is an epidemiologist and program evaluator. Dr. Schwind joined the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences at JPHCOPH in August 2017. She received a BS in Applied Biology from Georgia Tech, a MPH from New York Medical College and PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from University of California, Davis.  As a doctoral student, she worked on the USAID: Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT project which was a research endeavor aimed at forecasting the next pandemic along the human-animal-environment interface in 20 countries globally. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia Southern University, she was also a faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia and Touro University, California. Her current research interests include disease surveillance, capacity building and risk communication for the prevention and/or early recognition of outbreaks with a focus on: best practices for operationalizing the ‘One Health’ approach, understanding and improving capacity building efforts and priorities for increasing health surveillance, and improving early warning systems for disease detection and response by bridging the gap between global digital databases and local health information. Dr. Schwind also conducts SoTL research on innovative online/onsite teaching and evaluation with a focus on immersive and service-learning practices. 

Disciplines: Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health
Teaching Interests: Environmental Health, Epidemiology, and Global Health


2017 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Department of

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Member, American College of Epidemiology
Member, American Public Health Association
Member, Georgia Public Health Association
Member, International Epidemiological Association
Member of Charter Class, Professionals Certified in Public Health
Advisory Board Member, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
Member, Society for Epidemiologic Research
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Honors and Awards

  • Cook Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Middle Georgia College (2001-2002)
  • Biology Departmental Award, Middle Georgia College (2002)
  • J. Webb and J. Stanley Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Georgia Institute of Technology (2003-2004)
  • J. Webb and J. Stanley Scholarship for Academic Excellence, Georgia Institute of Technology (2004-2005)
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, ‘Most Outstanding Thesis’ Award, New York Medical College (2007)
  • Ellen B. Gold Fellowship, University of California, Davis (2010-2011)
  • “Caught in the Act of Great Teaching” from Office of Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence, Augusta University (2015-2016)
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Fellowship, Augusta University (2015-2016)


2013 Ph.D. in Epidemiology, University of California, Davis
2007 M.P.H. in Epidemiology, New York Medical College
2005 B.S. in Applied Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2674
Office: Hendricks Hall


Peer-Reviewed Publications (9)

Non-Peer Reviewed Publication (1)

Research and Service Projects (7)