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Faculty Bring National Exposure to Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health

19-26 Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health Receives National Institutes of Health Grant to Support Cervical Cancer Education ProgramSeveral Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) faculty members were key participants in the Statistic Portion of the program for American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition this November, bringing positive exposure to Georgia Southern’s young biostatics public health programs.

Themed “Social Justice: A Public Health Imperative,” the meeting provided a forum to address a broad range of significant public health issues. Karl Peace, Ph.D., a senior research scientist and professor of biostatistics in the JPHCOPH at Georgia Southern, as program chair, was responsible for the statistics portion of the APHA’s annual meeting, which took place Nov. 6-10 in Denver, Colo. Other professors, including Din Chen, Lili Yu, Laura Gunn, Hani Samawi, Talar Markossian and Jangho Yoon, served as moderators, organizers or speakers at the event — representing 17 total functions.

“Our involvement brought positive exposure to our relatively young biostatistics program, essentially putting us on the map for the entire world health community,” said Peace, who assumed responsibilities as chair for the Statistics Section following the conference. “Our faculty’s leadership serves as evidence of our accomplishments and demonstrates our commitment to research, scholarship, service and outreach.”

Statistics sessions — 17 total with about 70 presenters — covered all five concentration areas of public health: biostatistics, community health, epidemiology, environmental health, and health policy and leadership, and represented a wide array of emerging issues, including discussions on the increasing incidence of autism  and necessity of annual mammograms in women over 40 years of age. All sessions qualified for APHA continuing education credit.

Peace said as chair he hopes to attract more members, improve continuing education offerings to members and establish work groups to address topics like quality improvement for practice-based evidence, future training for the next generation of public health biostatisticians, and educating users of biostatistics at various government levels about the need for improved quality of evidence.

An alumnus of Georgia Southern, Peace is widely recognized for his research, philanthropy to education and public health, and for his efforts in research, technical support and management in the pharmaceutical industry. He endowed the JPHCOPH as a tribute to his wife’s life. In addition, he established the Center for Biostatistics in the JPHCOPH at Georgia Southern University which allows consulting and hands-on training experiences for biostatistics graduate faculty and students, and has endowed two eminent scholar chairs and 13 scholarships.

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