College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. J. Sunshine Cowan

Email: jcowan1@uco.edu

Phone: (405) 974-5238

Office: HPE 202

Box: 189

Degrees

  • 2009 Doctor of Philosophy, Focus: Environmental Science/Environmental Justice, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • 2002 Master of Public Health, Focus: Health Promotion, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 2000 Bachelor of Science, Focus: Community Health, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma

General Information

Dr. Cowan is an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Community/Public Health Program in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO). She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and her research interests include health equity and social determinants of health. She regularly involves students in the community, including the development of an intervention with residents within mixed-income housing as well as media advocacy projects for Oklahoma organizations. Dr. Cowan is involved in her profession, serving as the 2011-2012 President of the Oklahoma Public Health Association (OPHA), the 2007 Chair of the Oklahoma Turning Point Council (OTPC), and as a Steering Committee member for the Oklahoma Health Equity Campaign (OHEC). She also serves the university in numerous roles including Chair of the University Core Curriculum committee and as a member of the Healthy Campus Leadership Team.

Awards

  • 2010 University of Central Oklahoma Students for an Accessible Society Certificate of Excellence
  • 2009 University of Central Oklahoma Provost Award "Modeling the Way"
  • 2009 College of Education and Professional Studies Vanderford Distinguished Teacher Award
  • 2008 Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies nominee for the Neely Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2007 Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Health Professional of the Year
  • 2005-2006 College of Education and Professional Studies Award for Collaborative Teamwork
  • 2004 Action for Healthy Kids Oklahoma State Team Healthy School Hero

Publications

  • NCD. (2009). Effective Emergency Management: Making Improvements for Communities and People with Disabilities. National Council on Disability, www.ncd.gov. Contributing author and researcher for guidebook.
  • Cowan, J.S. & Rudebock, C.D. (2007). Community Health Education in Rio Bravo, Mexico: Creating Student Learning Beyond the Classroom. Oklahoma Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Journal. XLIII (2).