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Cynthia Potter Senior Professorial Lecturer Health Studies


Cynthia Potter is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Studies at American University in Washington, DC, where she has taught for seven years. Her vision for her students is that they become lifelong scholars who continue to engage the complexity of public health with rigor, curiosity, and enthusiasm.

Cynthia has over a decade of experience in social epidemiological research. Her research interests include program evaluation and improvement, women’s mental health, and psychological resilience. Cynthia earned a doctorate in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has a master’s degree in Community Counseling from George Washington University. She was named a Health Disparities Scholar, as part of the NIH Loan Repayment and Scholarship Program and won the Carl W. Tyler, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Health Practice by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Schools of Public Health. She was also an Association of Schools of Public Health Fellow at the National Center for Health Statistics/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Spring 2024

  • HLTH-370 Local to Global: Hlth Pol/Syst

  • HLTH-441 Health Communication

  • HLTH-488 Senior Seminar

Fall 2024

  • HLTH-370 Local to Global: Hlth Pol/Syst

  • HLTH-606 Foundtns Public Health/Equity