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About Joanne Chopak-Foss

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Chopak-Foss is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Community Health in the 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 has over 28 years of experience in the academic setting.  She has been on the forefront of curriculum development for both undergraduate and graduate education in public health and has developed over 10 different classes during her professional career.
She currently servies in the position MPH program director for the college.  Her research interests have focused on a variety of Maternal and Child Health Issues including: improving health literacy among children and adolescents, improving breastfeeding duration and exlusivity in low-income women, education on 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 is a Fellow in the American School Health Association and a past member of APHA.  Her current professional affiliations include The Society for Public Health Education, the Georgia Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education, the Georgia Public Health Association and Eta Sigma Gamma, National Professional Health Science honorary.  


Disciplines: Community Health. Health Education and Promotion, Maternal and Child Health
Teaching Interests: Community Health Education and Promotion Practice, Maternal and Child Health issues

Positions

2020 - Present MPH Program Director, Georgia Southern University Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
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2013 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology
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2009 - 2020 Program Director, Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program, Georgia Southern University
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1999 - 2013 Associate Professor, Department of Health and Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University
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1999 - 2013 Program Coordinator, Health Education and Promotion Major, Georgia Southern University
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1996 - 1999 Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Kinesiology, Georgia Southern University
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1993 - 1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Science Education, Georgia Southern 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

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