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About Stuart H. Tedders

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
A native of Perry, Georgia, Dr. Tedders is an original member of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) when it was found on January 1, 2006.  Beginning his employment as an Assistant Professor in 2000 at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Tedders is a Professor of Epidemiology and has served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs since September 2012.  

Dr. Tedders earned his BS degree in Biology from Georgia Southern College in 1987.  After graduating from Georgia Southern College, he earned a MS degree in Medical Entomology from Clemson University (1989) and a PhD in Public Health from the University of South Carolina (1994).  As a former Assistant Professor at Mercer University School of Medical (1994 - 2000), Dr. Tedders developed a keen interest in working with rural Georgia communities and was named Georgia Rural Health Researcher of the Year in 1999 by the Georgia Rural Health Association. As a faculty member in the JPHCOPH, Dr. Tedders has served in numerous faculty and administrative capacities prior to being named the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, including the Director for the Center for Rural Health and Research and the Director of the Office of Public Health Practice and Community Service.

Dr. Tedders has worked with rural and underserved communities in Georgia for nearly 25 years and describes himself as an “applied epidemiologist”. Hiscommunity interactions have involved the application of epidemiologic principles,including public health surveillance, to improved population health status.Specifically, he has worked with communities to design and evaluate health programs and to assess risk factors, with a particular interest in the social,economic, and educational factors that influence the overall health risk of populations. He has also worked extensively in understanding factors associated with perceived cancer risk, cancer screening practices, and issues affecting maternal and child health in rural communities. He has also developed considerable expertise at conducting community health assessments throughout the state. During his tenure at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Tedders is either directly or indirectly responsible for bringing more than $1.8 million in external funding to the university.  At present, he has authored 40 peer reviewed manuscripts, 9 non-peer reviewed manuscripts, 10 research monographs, 40 community assessment reports and 32 technical/evaluation reports. He also has numerous community and research presentations to his credit. Dr. Tedders has served on health-related boards throughout the state including the Georgia Rural Health Association (Secretary, Treasurer), the State Office of Rural Health Advisory Board (Secretary), the Statewide Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Advisory Council, and Morehouse School of Medicine AHEC Advisory Board. Dr. Tedders currently serves as the chair of the Magnolia Coastlands AHEC located at Georgia Southern University.

Disciplines: Epidemiology
Teaching Interests: Epidemiology, Health Program Planning and Evaluation


2012 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
2012 - Present Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Georgia Southern University
Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Department of
2011 - 2012 Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Georgia Southern University
2006 - 2012 Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University
2000 - 2006 Assistant Professor, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia Southern University
2003 - 2005 Director, Rural Health and Research, College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Georgia Rural Health Researcher of the Year (1998)
  • Recipient, National Rural Health Research Agenda Conference (1999)
  • Inductee, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (2012)


  • Epidemiology
  • Health Promotion Planning & Evaluation
  • Public Health Surveillance


1994 Ph.D. in Public Health, University of South Carolina
1989 M.S. in Entomology, Clemson University
1987 B.S. in Biology, Georgia Southern University

Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-1922
Office: Hendricks Hall


Peer-Reviewed Publications (41)