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Gulzar  Shah - Georgia Southern University. Statesboro, GA, US

Gulzar Shah

Department Chair & Professor, Health Policy and Behavior | Georgia Southern University


Gulzar Shah works to explore the fields of health informatics.




Dr. Gulzar H. Shah, PhD, MStat, MS, is a Professor and Department Chair, Health Policy and Community Health at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH), Georgia Southern University. He is a prolific researcher who won Georgia Southern's 2016 Award for Excellence in Research. His interdisciplinary training and multisector work experience spans over 19 years, with appointments in both academia and public health practice agencies, nationally and internationally. Prior to joining JPHCOPH, he was the Lead Research Scientist at the National Association of County and City Health Departments (NACCHO), and the Director of Research at the National Association of Health Data Organizations (NAHDO) prior to that. He also served at the Utah State Department of Health for six years, contributing significantly to patient safety project, maternal and child health research, informatics projects (such as IBIS-PH, MatCHIIM), and health services and systems research. Dr. Shah’s research interests include data improvement; practice-based PHSSR; eHealth and public health informatics; and public health finances.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Social Determinants of Health

Public Workforce Needs and Interests

Community Health

Health Policy and Behavior

Health Informatics

Health Equity

Education (1)

Utah State University: Ph.D., Sociology, Demography, Sociology of Health/Medical Sociology 1995

Affiliations (3)

  • APHA
  • Academy Health

Languages (2)

  • Urdu
  • English

Media Appearances (1)

Lost Boy finds mission

Atlanta Journal Constitution  


During his time in Statesboro, Ater worked closely with Dr. Gulzar Shah, the department chair of the school’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, who became a mentor. What immediately impressed Shah about Ater was his understanding of the bigger picture of public health. “Most people, when you ask about health, they almost immediately think of people exercising or eating healthy foods, factors at the individual level,” said Shah. “In my conversations with Ater, he understood broader influences, such as poverty, education, security, food and shelter. Those factors constitute the bigger picture of health.”...

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Articles (5)

Employee Perceptions about Public Health Agencies’ Desired Involvement in Impacting Health Equity and Other Social Determinants of Health

J Public Health Manag Pract.

Shah GH, Yin J, Young J. Waterfield K.


Local Health Departments' Engagement in Addressing Health Disparities: The Effect of Health Informatics.

J Public Health Manag Pract.

Shah GH, Mase WA, Waterfield K.

2018 Health disparities and health inequities can lead to poor health outcomes. However, health disparities continue to persist in communities across the United States, presenting a crucial public health challenge. Persisting budget cuts and workforce challenges tend to hinder local health departments' (LHDs') ability to assess and address health disparities.

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Creating a Taxonomy of Local Boards of Health Based on Local Health Departments’ Perspectives.

Am J Public Health.

Shah GH, Sotnikov S, Leep C, Ye J, Van-Wave TW.


Challenges and innovations in surveying the governmental public health workforce

Am J Public Health.

Leider JP, Shah GH, Rider N, Beck A, Castrucci B, Harris J, Sellers K, Varda D, Ye J, Erwin PC, Brownson R.


Local Health Departments' Approaches to Deal With Recession: What Strategies Are Used to Minimize the Negative Impact on Public Health Services to Community?

J Public Health Manag Pract.

Shah GH, Ye J, Leep CJ, Leider JP.