Joseph Telfair, DrPH, MPH, MSW

Immediate Past-President

Joseph Telfair

Elected November 2016
Term Ending: November 2019

Joseph Telfair, DRPH, MSW, MPH, received both his Masters in Social Work and Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley and Doctorate in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently professor, dual chair and Karl E. Peace Distinguished Chair of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. He is a 27-year member of APHA and has served in numerous leadership roles within his section (MCH) and the Association (Governing Council, Executive Board), as well as a supporter of his caucus (CBPH), forum (Genetics) and his past (North Carolina) and current (Georgia) Affiliates.

Telfair brings nearly 30 years of experience working with the populations in primary care and public health settings directly as a clinician, researcher, evaluator, project director and advocate; he has been a public health faculty member and leader in three schools of public health for 23 years; been a faculty member, co-director or director of a number of HRSA, NIH and CDC funded training programs (as an MCH and Community Public health faculty, environmental health) and research and coordinating Centers. He has served and serves on numerous local, state, national and international expert medical, health and public health research and evaluation, advisory committees and workgroups/taskforces (as both member and leader) for numerous agencies including states of North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Alabama departments of public health, NIH, HRSA, DHHS (OPA, AHRQ), and CDC. He has developed materials for and taught courses designed to build, enhance the knowledge and skills of community, medical and public health workers in maternal and child health, research and evaluation design and methods, issues of access to, and utilization of, health care. He has extensive experience training, working with and assessing performance of providers at all level in USA and developing countries experiencing high levels of social, economic and health disparities including Africa, India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

He has devoted his career to and is internationally known for his research, teaching, and practice in the areas of cultural and linguistic competency, public health genetics, elimination of health inequities, community-based and rural health practice, and program evaluation.