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Cynthia  Jorgensen

Visiting Instructor

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Behavioral/Social/Health Educ

Adjunct or Visiting, Executive MPH

Dr. Jorgensen is an Adjunct Professor with joint appointments in the Department of Behavioral, Social and Health Education Sciences (BSHES) and the 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, as well as online. 

Dr. Jorgensen worked the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,as the Associate Director for Communication, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. In this role, she oversaw the communications efforts for a variety of vaccine preventable and respiratory diseases. She was actively engaged in CDC’s COVID-19 response, and served as Co-Lead in the Joint Information Center, Emergency Operations Center, as well as the communication lead for the vaccine task force. In this role, she set up a rapid behavioral surveillance system to provide real time data on the public and professionals' attitudes and behaviors regrading vaccination, masking, testing and ventilation. Over the course of her CDC career, she has led the development and implementation of many award-winning national multi-media campaigns, including CDC’s flu campaign, 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 campaign. For her work on hepatitis B, Dr. Jorgensen received the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) and Hep B Foundation's Legacy Award for her leadership and lasting impact on the Asian American community. 

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. 

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 505D: Integrated Communic.Strategies
  • PRS 562D: Program Planning Capstone II

Affiliations & Activities

Worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 1989 - 2023 

Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)

     President, 1993

     Vice-President, 1991

Chair, CDC Social and Behavioral Working Group, 1996


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