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About Yelena N. Tarasenko

Biograph, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Tarasenko holds a DrPH degree from the University of Kentucky, where she majored in both epidemiology and health services management. She has also completed a post-doctoral Health Policy Fellowship with the Academy Health/National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Tarasenko is Certified in Public Health. She also holds a Master of Public Health, a Master of Public Administration, and a law degree.

Over the years, as PI and co-investigator, Dr. Tarasenko has provided conceptual, methodological (e.g., instrumentation and study design), and statistical (e.g., data collection, management, analysis, interpretation, and reporting) support for several university-, state-, and federal-funded projects, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods studies. She has also tested efficacy of theoretically and community-engaged intervention projects (e.g., on promotion of physical activity, consumption of fruits and vegetables, and disease management). Dr. Tarasenko has also developed the evaluation plans. A list of published work can be found at

Details on research projects can be found in Dr. Tarasenko’s CV at

While teaching doctoral and more recently, undergraduate students, she tries to bring her research into the classroom. She is a strong advocate for organizing courses around service learning projects and providing students with hands-on learning experiences. 

Disciplines: Epidemiology
Teaching Interests: Research methods (including epidemiologic); cancer and behavioral epidemiology; with service learning: grantwriting, strategic planning, evidence-based public health.


2017 - Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Department of
2012 - 2016 Assistant Professor, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Scholarship of the President of Russia to Study Abroad, The Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation (2001-2002)
  • Recipient, Promising Practitioner Award, University of Kentucky (2001)
  • Recipient, AcademyHealth/NCHS Health Policy Fellowship, Academy/Health and NCHS (2011-2012)
  • Recipient, Cyber-Mentoring Program, Georgia Southern University (2013-2015)


  • Chronic Disease: A Modern Epidemic (PUBH 3131)
  • Health Organizations Strategic and Contingency Planning (PHLD 9333)
  • Cancer Disparities (PUBH 7898)
  • Research Methods (PHLD 9130)
  • Epidemiologic Methods (PUBH 8133)
  • Public Health Funding and Grantsmanship (PUBH 9135)
  • Cancer Epidemiology (PUBH 9233)


2011 Ph.D. in Public Health, University of Kentucky
2009 M.S. in Public Health, University of Kentucky
2004 M.S. in Public Administration, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
2002 B.S. in Jurisprudence, Vladimir State Technical University

Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5057
Office: Hendricks Hall 2012


Peer-Reviewed Publications (31)