Rollins School of Public Health | Faculty Profile
Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Cynthia  Jorgensen

Adjunct Associate Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Adjunct or Visiting, Executive MPH

Dr. Jorgensen is an Adjunct Associate Professor and holds joint appointments in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences (BSHES) and the online Executive MPH (EMPH) Program. She is also a trainer for the Region IV Public Health Training Center. Dr. Jorgensen has been teaching at Rollins since 1989, where she teaches graduate courses and workshops in behavioral science theory, health communication, and program planning in both the traditional classroom-based format, as well as online. She developed the first online of the BSHES 500 last fall and continues use a hybrid approach in all her classes.  Dr. Jorgensen works full-time at the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2020, became the Associate Director for Communication, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.  In this new role,  she oversees the communications efforts for a variety of vaccine preventable and respiratory diseases. She is working on the COVID-19 vaccine efforts and is a member of the ACIP COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force.  Over the course of her lengthy CDC career, she has led the development and implementation of many award-winning national multi-media campaigns, including the 'Choose Your Cover' skin cancer prevention campaign; 'Screen for Life,' a national colorectal education campaign; the 'Know More Hepatitis C" education campaign, and the multi-lingual 'Know Hepatitis B' educational campaigns.  Dr. Jorgensen specializes in the application of behavioral science and communication theory to public health practice, and relishes bringing real life examples to the classroom. She has held numerous leadership positions, including the President of the national Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and one of the founding chairs of CDC’s Behavior and Social Sciences Working Group. (Teaching activities performed by Dr. Jorgensen are in her private capacity. No official support or endorsement by CDC is intended or should be inferred.)

Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health

, GA

Phone: 404-664-9816


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Areas of Interest

  • Behavior and Health
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Health Communication
  • Health Education
  • Health Literacy
  • Immunizations/Vaccines
  • Infectious Disease
  • Sexual Health/Behavior
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Vaccines


  • DrPH 1988, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
  • MA 1981, Boston University
  • BA 1980, Boston Univesrity

Courses Taught

  • PRS 562D: Program Planning Capstone II
  • BSHES 520: Theory Driven Research
  • BSHES 555: Communication Approaches

Affiliations & Activities

Works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since 1989.  

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

     President, 1993

     Vice-President, 1991

Chair, CDC Social and Behavioral Working Group, 1996


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