Dr. Jean O'Connor

Dr. Jean O'Connor

Director, Chronic Disease Prevention

Georgia Department of Public Health

Dr. Jean O’Connor has worked in public health research, policy, and program development for almost 20 years. She started out working as an emergency medical technician and doing research in the Emergency Department at Grady Hospital. Currently, she serves as the chronic disease prevention director for the Georgia Department of Public Health, where she is responsible for statewide programs related to cancer prevention, tobacco, adolescent health, and asthma.

Previously, Dr. O’Connor served as a state deputy health director and a health insurance policy advisor, as well as a health scientist at the CDC. For the past decade, she has taught public health law and policy at the Rollins School of Public Health.

BS, Emory University, Human Biology
JD, Emory University School of Law
MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, HPM
DrPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Public Health Policy & Leadership

Rollins Collaborations
Rollins Executive MPH Program
BSHE Department

  • Former president and RSPH Alumni Association Board member
  • Rollins mentor

Public Health Policy and Law

"Rollins provided me with great academic preparation and a professional network to do what I am passionate about-work to improve population health outcomes through evidence-based policies."

Dr. Jean O'Connor