School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Prevention and Community Health
Christina Heminger, DrPH, MS is a Teaching Associate Professor at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in the Department of Prevention and Community Health. She has research experience in utilizing behavioral theory for health promotion and disease prevention efforts, particularly within the frameworks of program evaluation, policy analysis, and health communication. She is skilled in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, and has worked in a variety of public health subject areas, specifically chronic disease prevention and control research, including: cancer; heart disease and stroke; diabetes; nutrition, physical activity, and obesity; and tobacco.
She exclusively teaches in GW’s MPH@GW online program, and currently serves as Course Director for PubH 6007: Social & Behavioral Approaches to Public Health, PubH 6500: Planning & Implementing Health Promotion Programs, and PubH 6060/6061: Culminating Experience, Parts 1 & 2. In addition, she has taught Introduction to Public Health Communication & Marketing, Program Evaluation, Maternal and Child Health, and Policy Approaches to Public Health courses during her time at GW. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and she was inducted into the GWSPH Master Teacher Academy in 2019.
Prior to joining GWU's faculty in 2014, served as a public health analyst for RTI International within their Center for Communication Science group from 2006-2014. Key projects included evaluations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) national obesity and heart disease/stroke prevention programs; evaluation of various tobacco prevention and control efforts including the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) development of graphic warning labels and messages; analysis and evaluation of state obesity prevention legislation; formative research to create a culturally appropriate social marketing campaign targeting childhood obesity in South Africa; the development of logic models and program frameworks for CDC’s national diabetes program; focus group moderation and analysis involving heavy smokers susceptible to lung cancer; survey development and design in assessing youth tobacco use and prevention strategies; and literature review and policy analysis to examine domestic and international tobacco trends and laws. Her doctoral dissertation and most current research involved testing an integrated theoretical model using structural equation modeling to examine risk perception and subsequent information seeking trends for breast cancer prevention and risk reduction options amongst women with a family history of breast cancer.