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Jody Gan Professorial Lecturer Health Studies

MPH, Boston University BA, University of Michigan

Favorite Spot on Campus
A chair in a sunny spot on the first floor of Katzen (when the tea shop is open!)
Jody Gan is a Professorial Lecturer in the College of Arts and Science’s Department of Health Studies. With three decades of experience planning, implementing and evaluating health programs, Jody enjoys sharing her experiences and passion for health and wellness while teaching public health and health promotion students the “tools of the trade”. Prior to joining the faculty at American University, Jody worked for federal and state governmental health agencies developing health communication products and community outreach strategies for a wide range of programs. For more than a decade, she coordinated prevention programs for college students at the University of Maryland and American University. Jody remains committed to improving the health of adolescents and young adults, and spends her summers traveling to the mountains of Honduras to assist a rural community in its efforts to reduce teen pregnancy. Jody’s current research interests focus on aquatic health, specifically investigating the effects of the swimming pool environment on the respiratory health of competitive swimmers, and providing guidance for the safe operation of swimming pools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jody serves on the boards of the Maryland Public Health Association and the North Chevy Chase Swimming Pool Association, and is a voting member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association.
For the Media
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Spring 2020

  • HLTH-110 Introduction to Public Health

  • HLTH-194 Comm Service Learning Project: Introduction to Public Health

  • HLTH-240 Intro to Health Promotion

  • HLTH-294 Comm Service Learning Project: Intro to Health Promotion

  • HLTH-335 Health Promotion Prog Planning

  • HLTH-394 Comm Service Learning Project: Health Promotion Prog Planning

Fall 2020

  • HLTH-240 Intro to Health Promotion

  • HLTH-240 Intro to Health Promotion

  • HLTH-396 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Teen Hlth: Turbulence-Triumph

  • HNRS-398 Honors Challenge Course