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About Samuel T. Opoku

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr.  Samuel Opoku is an Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University. 
He is a health services researcher with interests in access to, cost of and utilization of health care services among people with Non-Communicable Disease (NCD). His graduate instruction was in public health with an emphasis in health services research, administration, and policy. He has expertise in research methodology, survey development, and analysis and has completed and analyzed several survey-based studies. He has also worked on multiple funded research, including a large multicenter grant funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Through his involvement in these projects either as PI, Co-I or key personnel, he has expanded his skills and knowledge in teamwork, data collection, and analytical strategies as well as in the reporting and submission of research information. Some of the NCDs he has focused on include cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Disciplines: Health Policy and Management
Teaching Interests: Healthcare management, health economics and health leadership

Positions

2020 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
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Present Affiliate (2015-present), Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
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2015 - 2020 Assistant Professor Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University
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2014 - 2015 Instructor, Health Policy and Community Health, Georgia Southern University
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Curriculum Vitae


Disciplines



Grants

2019 - 2024 Flex Financial and Operational Improvement Grant
Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health
Role: Co-PI
$750,000
2020 - 2022 Examining the Role of State-MCO Contractual Mandates/Incentives and a Social Services Referral Program in Addressing Social Determinants of Health
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Role: Co-PI
$248,000
2019 - 2021 Rural Hospital Leadership Training
Georgia Hospital Association Research and Education Foundation
Role: Co-PI
$316,000
2019 - 2020 Critical Access Hospital Community of Practice for Financial Sustainability
Georgia Department of Community Health
Role: Co-PI
$50,000
2018 - 2019 Clinch Memorial Hospital: Community Health Needs Assessment
Clinch Memorial Hospital
Role: Co-I
$12,500
2018 - 2019 Critical Access Hospital Financial Sustainability
Georgia Department of Community Health
Role: Co-PI
$30,000
2018 - 2019 Effingham Health System: Community Health Needs Assessment
Effingham Health System
Role: Co-PI
$20,000
2018 - 2019 Evans Memorial Hospital: Community Health Needs Assessment
Evans Memorial Hospital
Role: Co-PI
$15,000
2018 - 2019 Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Plan
Ware County Board of. Health of Georgia
Role: PI
$18,473
2018 Bacon County Hospital & Health Care System: Strategic Planning
Bacon County Hospital & Health Care System
Role: Co-I
$9,884
2018 Warm Springs Medical Center: Community Health Needs Assessment
Warm Springs Medical Center
Role: PI
$10,000
2016 - 2018 Flex Financial and Operational Improvement Grant
Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health
Role: Co-I
$510,000
2017 Coastal Health District: Accreditation Technical Assistance for the Coastal Health District
Glynn County Board of Health/ Coastal Health District. Role
Role: Co-PI
$26,030
2015 - 2016 Georgia Rural Health Systems Planning Grant
Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health
Role: Co-I
$200,000
2014 - 2015 Assessing the Average Length of Hospital Stay and Health Care Cost in Nebraska. Does Geographic Location Matter?
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NEDHHS)
Role: PI
$12,600
2013 - 2014 Comparative Assessment of Nebraska’s J1 visa waiver and State Repayment Loan Repayment Program
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NEDHHS)
Role: PI
$5,000
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Chair, Curriculum Committee, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, GS
2018 - Present Chair, HPM Concentration Exam Committee, GS
2017 - Present Member, Conversation with Professors, GS
2017 - Present Member, MPH Admissions Review Committee, GS
2016 - Present Member, Comprehensive Examination Grader, GS
2016 - Present Member, Research Computing Advisory Council, GS
2015 - Present Member, MPH Program Assessment, GS
2015 - Present Member, University Conduct Board, GS
2018 - 2019 Member, General Education and Core Curriculum Committee, GS
2018 - 2019 Chair, HP&CH Inter Campus Relations Committee, GS
2017 - 2019 Member, Faculty Welfare Committee, GS
2017 - 2019 Member, University Senate, GS
2017 - 2018 Member, Academic Standards Committee, GS
2016 - 2017 Member, Graduate Student Council, GS
2016 - 2017 Member, MHA CAHME Accreditation Committee, GS
2015 - 2017 Chair, Diversity Committee, GS
2015 - 2017 Member, MHA Awards Committee, GS
2014 - 2017 Member, MHA Admissions Review Committee, GS
2014 - 2017 Member, MHA Advisory Board, GS
2015 Reviewer, Student Travel Grant Committee, JPHCOPH, GS
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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Carruth J. Wagner, M.D. Public Health Scholar, The College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center (2014)
  • NIH Early Career Reviewer (2016)
  • Awardee, Navigate Your Way To A K Award” (2016)
  • Recipient,Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program, Institute for Higher Education, University of Georgia, Nominated by Georgia Southern University President, Dr. Jaimie Hebert (2018)

Courses

  • HSPM 7433 — US Health Systems
  • PUBH 8134 — Health Economics, Policy and Political
  • PHLD 9131 — Leadership Foundations and Strategies for Health Organizations
  • HSPM 9433 — Rural Populations, Systems, Policy

Education

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2015 Ph.D. in Health Services Research Administration and Policy, University of Nebraska Medical Center
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2009 Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
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2006 B.S. in Human Biology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
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Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-6985
Office: Hendricks Hall, Room 2013

Email:


Peer-Reviewed Publications (30)