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About Joanne Chopak-Foss

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Chopak-Foss is Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Community Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. Dr. Chopak-Foss received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Pennsylvania State University in Health Education and B.S. degree in Physical Education from the University of Delaware.  

Dr. Chopak-Foss brings over 25 years of experience in an academic setting.  She has been on the forefront of curriculum development for undergraduate education in public health.  She has developed and taught 10 different classes during her professional career.

Since 2009, she has been the program director for the BSPH program which is housed in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health.  Her research interests have focused on improving health literacy among children and adolescents, maternal and child health issues, including breastfeeding, safe sleep for newborns, antecedents for adolescent pregnancy and early pubertal timing eating disorders among athletes and, health and sexual health curriculum development for K-12.

Dr. Chopak-Foss’s professional affiliations include The Society for Public Health Education, the Georgia Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education, and Eta Sigma Gamma, National Professional Health Science honorary.  

Disciplines: Community Health Behavior and Education
Teaching Interests: Health Education and Promotion Practice, Rural Community Health Issues,  Maternal and Child Health issues

Positions

2013 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
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1999 - Present Program Coordinator, Health Education and Promotion Major, Georgia Southern University
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Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Health Policy and Community Health, Department of
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1993 - 1999 Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Elected Fellow, American School Health Association (2002)
  • Recipient, Heath Educator of the Year, Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Health Educator of the Year, College and University (2004)
  • Recipient, College of Health & Human Sciences Award for Teaching (Excellence in Instruction), College of Health & Human Sciences (2011-2012)
  • Recipient, Acknowledgment Award, Georgia Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for Quiet and Consistent Leadership in Health Promotion, Education and Research (2012)
  • Recipient, Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health Award for Service, Jiann Ping Hsu College of Public Health (2013-2014)

Courses

  • Ecologically Focused Program Evaluation (COHE 7233)
  • Found of Health Education (HLTH 2130)
  • Health Aspects of Aging (HLTH 4231)
  • Health and Phys.Educ. for Early Childhood (HLTH 3530)
  • Health Promotion Planning (HLTH 3133)
  • Sexuality Education (HLTH 3430)
  • Substance Use and Abuse (HLTH 3130)
  • Health & Disease (HLTH 3131)
  • Coordinated School Health Program (HLTH 3332)
  • Methods and Materials in the School Health Program (HLTH 3431)
  • Women’s Health Issues (HLTH 4099)
  • Senior Seminar (HLTH 4618)
  • Trends & Issues in the School Health Program (HLTH 7130)

Education

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1993 Ph.D. in Health Education, The Pennsylvania State University
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1987 M.S. in Health Education, The Pennsylvania State University
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1982 B.S. in Physical Education, University of Delaware
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Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-1530
Hendricks Hall

Email:


Published, Peer-Reviewed Articles (17)

Book Chapters (3)

International Presentations (8)