Jean C. O'Connor

Senior Global Health Practitioner

Dr. Jean O'Connor


  • DrPH, Executive leadership in Health Policy, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • MPH, Emory University
  • JD, Emory University
  • BS, Medical Anthropology, Emory University

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Dr. Jean C. 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.

Before coming to RTI, Jean served 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, she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids on international research; and, as a health policy advisor a governor.

Since 2003, she also has been teaching at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory where she is an adjunct associate professor. She is a member of the editorial board for CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease. Jean is the past-president of the U.S. National Association of Chronic Disease Prevention Directors. She has served as the Principal Investigator on more than $75 million dollars in cooperative agreements and grants. Her research has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, and Journal of Health Services Research. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.