Dr. Joseph Telfair as First Chair
In 2008, the Jiann-Ping Hsu/Karl E. Peace Eminent Scholar Chair of Public Health was established with hopes that this position would significantly enhance the development of the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) by providing resources for the college to recruit an outstanding scholar/teacher that could serve as a mentor for junior faculty as well as students within the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) and Doctorate of Public Health (Dr.P.H.) programs. Moreover, an endowed chair in the JPHCOPH would provide the necessary leadership for the advancement of instructional, research, and service/outreach activities to achieve accreditation as a college from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Finally, an endowed chair in the JPHCOPH could develop grant/contract proposals for research and service as well as serve as mentor to junior faculty in the external funding process.
Dr. Joseph Telfair recently joined the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public as the Department Chair of Community Health and Behavior Education. He is the first recipient of the Karl E. Peace/Jiann-Ping Hsu Endowed Eminent Scholar Chair in Public Health. Dr. Telfair is a professional with over 25 years of experience in the health care ﬁeld. He comes to us from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), School of Health and Human Performance where he served as a Professor of Public Health Research and Practice in the Department of Public Health Education as well as Director of the UNCG Center for Social Community and Health Research and Evaluation.
Dr. Telfair has served on numerous prestigious panels and advisory boards as an expert based on his recognized scholarship. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Telfair has published extensively in the areas of sickle cell disease, maternal and child health, HIV care, practice of evaluation-based research, cultural and ethnic diversity, community-based research, and adolescent health. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants. Dr. Telfair received his Doctor of Public Health with emphasis in sociology, health issues of children, families and people of color from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health specializing in children and families and behavioral science, respectively, from the University of California, Berkeley.