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About John S. Luque

John “Juan” Luque is an Associate Professor in Community Health at Georgia Southern University and an Adjunct Member of GRU Cancer Center. Before joining Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health in 2009, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Behavioral Oncology in the Department of Health Outcomes & Behavior at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. He also held Adjunct Faculty appointments in the College of Public Health and the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. While at Moffitt, he served as the Project Leader for a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded competitive supplement titled “Barbers Against Prostate Cancer,” which was featured nationally in JET magazine and Medscape. He is continuing this prostate education work in Georgia as part of a NIMHD funded Exploratory Center of Excellence grant. His work is also funded by the NIH/NCI on cervical cancer prevention research in South Georgia and Cusco, Peru.
Dr. Luque received graduate-level training in applied anthropology and cultural anthropology from Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in medical anthropology, epidemiology, and social marketing from the University of South Florida. His current research focus is to develop community-based interventions to impact cancer disparities in high risk, medically underserved, or racial/ethnic minority populations. His past research pursuits have included examining maternal health care seeking behavior in the Ecuadorian Andes, occupational safety practices among Florida migrant citrus harvesters, and knowledge and beliefs around cancer screening and prevention in medically underserved populations. Overall, he has presented his research at over 40 professional meetings and conferences both nationally and internationally and has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications.


Present Adjunct Member, Georgia Regents University Cancer Center
Present Associate Professor, Department of Community Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University

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Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Research, Georgia Southern University (2013-2014)
  • Award for Service, JP Hsu College of Public Health (2013)
  • Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarly Activity, Georgia Southern University (2012-13)
  • Award for Scholarship, JP Hsu College of Public Health (2011-12)
  • American Association for Cancer Research, Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award (2010)
  • Fellow, Advanced Training Institute in Health Behavior Theory, National Cancer Institute (2010)
  • Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology, (2010)
  • American Association for Cancer Research, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Scholar-in-Training Award (2009)
  • Outstanding Research Award Oral Presentation, Moffitt Cancer Center Fellows’ Education Research Symposium (2009)
  • NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program (2007-09)
  • USF Hispanic Heritage Award, Alumni Recipient (2007)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship (2004)
  • USF Latino Graduate Fellowship (2000-04)


  • Community-Based Research in Public Health (blended, doctoral course)
  • Seminar in Community Health (doctoral course)
  • Research Methods in Community and Behavioral Health (doctoral course)
  • Communication for Change (graduate course)
  • Ecologically Focused Program Evaluation (graduate course)
  • Research Methods in Health Science (graduate course)

Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2414


Publications (40)