Dr. Jean O'Connor

Dr. Jean O'Connor

Senior Global Health Practitioner

Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International

Dr. Jean O'Connor is a public health leader with nearly two decades  of experience. Her expertise is in non-communicable diseases and population health improvement, and the design and evaluation of policies that influence health outcomes. She joined RTI International in 2018 to help lead the Institute's global non-communicable disease initiative and to work on the prevention of, access to essential medicines for, chronic conditions such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. 

Before coming to RTI, Jean served for 5 years as the chronic disease prevention director and chief public health policy officer for the State of Georgia. In that role, she oversaw statewide programs related to the risk factors for chronic disease, chronic diseases, the state's health improvement planning process, and partnerships to improve population health. Before that, Jean worked in another state as Deputy State Health Director; at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in senior policy roles; for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids as the director of international research; and, as a health policy advisor to a governor. She is a past President of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of Heluna Health and Georgians for a Healthy Future. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has taught public health advocacy and policy at the Rollins School of Public Health since 2003.

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:
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