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Joseph Telfair, DrPH

Joseph Telfair, DrPH

Adjunct Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
  • Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health
  • PO Box #8015
  • 501 Forest Drive, Room 1029
  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA 30460
  • USA

Dr. Telfair has devoted his 30-year career to, and is internationally known for, his research, teaching and practice in the areas of social epidemiology, cultural and linguistic competency, public health genetics, elimination of health inequities and disparities, community-based and rural health practice, program evaluation, and policy issues concerning women, adolescents and persons in under-resourced/under-served areas at the local, state, national and global levels.

He also focuses on health care issues for poor, rural and multi-cultural/multi-ethnic populations as well as advocacy for persons with chronic health conditions.

As a public health researcher and practitioner, Dr. Telfair uses and engages in participatory and mixed methods of research and evaluation, community-based and rural health practice, program evaluation and policy issues with local, national and global health leaders and governments.

Practice Activities

2012 Certified Site Visitor
Council on Education for Public Health
Silver Spring, MD

2004 Certified Evaluation/Performance Review Consultant
Office of Program Review, Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1995 - 1995 Faculty Leadership Fellow
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
University of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City

1992 - 1992 Post Doctorate Fellow
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Psychosocial Research Division, School of Social Work

1983 Certified Hemoglobinopathy Counselor/Educator
Children’s Hospital of Northern California
State of California, Department of Health, Division of Maternal and Child Health


DrPH, Public Health Sociology / Health Issues of Children, Families and People of Color, Johns Hopkins University, 1992

MSW / MPH, Children and Families / Behavioral Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1983

BA, Behavioral Psychology, California State University at Northridge, 1980

AA, Liberal Arts, Santa Monica City College, 1976

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