Jean O’Connor

Health Policy & Management
Adjunct Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Health Policy & Management

Jean C. O’Connor, JD, MPH, DrPH, FACHE is an experienced public health administrator, practitioner, and educator with nearly 20 years of experience. She is currently a consultant for the Task Force for Global Health where she is advising the CEO on the establishment of a new programmatic area. From 2013-2018, Dr. O’Connor served as the chronic disease prevention director and chief public health policy officer for the State of Georgia. In that role, she oversaw a $30 million dollar interdisciplinary organizational unit of 53 staff responsible for state chronic disease programs. Before that, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in infectious disease, preparedness, and chronic disease policy, including on multiple international responses, where she was responsible for managing operations of a team of 19; for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on international research; and, as a health policy advisor a Georgia governor. She has served as the Principal Investigator on more than $75 million dollars in cooperative agreements and practice grants and she has published her research in journals such as AJPH. Since 2003, she has been teaching prevention science at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory and in 2018 she began teaching for UGA’s DrPH program as well. She is a CEPH site visitor, member of the editorial board for CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease, and a member of the board of directors for Heluna Health. Dr. O’Connor is the past-president of the National Association of Chronic Disease Prevention Directors. She earned her BS, JD and MPH from Emory University, and a DrPH from the executive leadership program in health policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.