Jeffrey J. Hatala, PhD

Jeffrey J. Hatala, PhD

Instructional Associate Professor/MPH Program Director

Health Policy & Management
212 Adriance Lab Rd
1266 TAMU
College Station, TX   77843-1266

Phone: 979.436.9489

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Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Health Services Policy & Management, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. Dissertation topic: Factors influencing local public health agency (LPHA) participation in core public health functions related to obesity prevention in 2008- May 2013

  • Coursework toward Graduate Certificate in Public Health. University of Colorado Health Sciences Center- 2007

  • Master of Mass Communication (MMC), University of South Carolina- 1994

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English, West Virginia University (cum laude)- 1988

Research Interests

  • Public health systems & service research 

  • Rural health, health policy & vulnerable populations 

  • Nutrition, physical activity, obesity & related conditions 

  • Educational pedagogy, particularly around writing skills in health professions

Recent Publications

  • Factors associated with Southern and non-Southern LPHA participation in obesity prevention. Hatala, J. & Fields, T. (2014, June). Southern Medical Journal. 108(5): 283-289.

  • That, That, But Not That…Using a Cafeteria Plan to Enhance Writing Skills: Fields, T., Hatala, J. Administrative Issues Journal. 4(2):3-11.

  • Assessing Health Services Organizations’ Perceptions of Students Writing Skills: A Pilot Study. Fields, T., Hatala, J., Nauert, R. Administrative Issues Journal, 4(1):19-29.

  • Factors Associated with LPHA Participation in Core Public Health Functions Related to Obesity Prevention, 2008. Hatala, J., Probst, J., Byrd, M., Hale, N., Hardin, J. Journal of Management Policy and Practice 14(6):92-106.

  • The collaboration of not-for-profit hospitals and public health departments to perform community needs assessments that meet PPACA requirements. Fields, T., Johnson, P., & Hatala, J. Journal of Management Policy and Practice 14(5):39-46.

  • Challenges and Opportunities within a University/Community Partnership: Development of the Soldier Health Promotion to Examine and Reduce Health Disparities (SHPERHD) Project Coordinating Center. Williams EM, Lee MD, Preston G, Williams A, Wigfall LT, Wilkinson L, Hatala J., Hassan R, Glover SH. Military Medicine, 2011 Jul;176(7):757-62.