Christina L. Heminger is a Teaching AssociateProfessor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the Milken Institute School of Public 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 serves as the Course Director for MPH@GW courses PubH 6007: Social and Behavioral Approaches to Public Health and PubH 6060/6061: Culminating Experience Parts 1 and 2; and Co-Course Director for PubH 6500: Planning and Implementing Health Promotion Programs. In addition, she has taught and/or directed Introduction to Public Health Communication and Marketing, Program Evaluation, Maternal and Child Health, and Policy Approaches to Public Health courses during her time at GW. In 2017, she received the Milken Institute School of Public Health’s Excellence in Teaching Award, and was inducted into the Milken Institute School of Public Health Master Teacher Academy in 2019. She was nominated as the Faculty Lead of the Master Teacher Academy in 2022.
Her doctoral dissertation and recent research portfolio involves 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 among women with a family history of breast cancer. Prior to joining the faculty at GWU in 2014, she served for eight years as a public health analyst for RTI International, a not-for-profit consulting organization, within their Center for Communication Science.
Dr. Heminger received her Doctor of Public Health in Health Behavior degree from The George Washington University, her Masters in Science in Epidemiology/Biostatistics degree from Dartmouth College, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University.