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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


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

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Carruth J. Wagner, M.D., Public Health Scholar (2014)
  • NIH Early Career Reviewer
  • Recipient, Navigate Your Way To A K Award (2016)


  • Health Economics, Policy and Political (PUBH 8134)
  • Leadership Foundations and Strategies for Health Organizations (PHLD 9131)


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

Contact Information

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


Peer-Reviewed Publications (20)

Presentations (24)