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Sara L. Cole, Ph.D., MCHES (Indiana University, 2004) has been a member of the Department of Kinesiology & Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) since 2009. Previous to this, she was an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University.
Dr. Cole’s doctorate was received in Health Behavior in 2004. She also received her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialing in 2004. She subsequently was among the first cohort to earn the distinctive Master CHES in 2011.
Teaching assignments for a semester typically include a combination of the following: Prevention & Control of Disease, Substance Prevention Education, Human Development, Social Health & Sexual Interactions, Environmental Health, and Health and Aging. Dr. Cole has taught nearly 20 different health-related courses in her career. Dr. Cole received an “Outstanding Faculty Member” award for her commitment to diversity in her previous faculty position, and she is just as committed to diversity on UCO’s campus.
Dr. Cole’s scholarship has included a textbook chapter, peer-reviewed journal articles and numerous presentations at international, national, state and local conferences. Her research interests include the intersection of community and sexual health, such as how risk behaviors impact personal and community health. She also is passionate about the elimination of health disparities, and has published in these areas.
Dr. Cole has served her university, profession and community in multiple ways. “Among the professional organizations in which I have served as an officer are the Illinois Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (ISOPHE) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) as a National Delegate and Delegate Trustee, respectively.” Dr. Cole holds memberships in the Oklahoma Public Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education. Dr. Cole received the “Excellence in Service” award in her previous faculty position, and continues her passion to serve at UCO.
“I feel so blessed to be a part of the UCO family. My experiences here have been amazing. I am fortunate to work with some of the nicest people I know. This community of faculty, staff and students is unlike any other I’ve experienced. While I am certain that people come to UCO for myriad reasons, I believe they stay because of the people.”