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Dr. Jeffrey Lennon

Professor, School of Health Science

(434) 592-3759


  • Ph.D. in Health Education & Health Promotion, University of Alabama
  • M.D., Cetec University
  • M.S.P.H. in International Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • M.P.H., University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • B.A. in Biology, The King’s College


Dr. Lennon serves as a full-time undergraduate and graduate faculty in public health. After medical training, he held a post-doctoral position in epidemiology at Yale School of Medicine. After pursuing further public health training at Alabama, he served in medical and health missions first in the Dominican Republic and later in the Philippines for decades. He developed community health worker training programs, created non-formal health educational materials, taught health at two Philippine universities, and co-initiated the first MPH program in the Southern Philippines.

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • SHAPE America (Society for Health and Physical Educators)

Courses Taught

  • HLTH 311: Health Promotion Methods Global Setting
  • HLTH 444: Principles of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
  • HLTH 488: Chronic & Infectious Diseases
  • HLTH 498: Public Health Senior Seminar
  • HLTH 620: Introduction to Global Health
  • HLTH 624: Sanitation in Developing Countries

Research Interests

  • Dr. Lennon has had a long-standing interest in non-formal health education/health promotion strategies – with emphasis on health educational games for more than two decades.
  • Health survey research
  • School health and environmental action plans

Theory Interests

  • Social Cognitive Theory
  • Health Belief Model

Content Areas of Research Interest

  • Vector-borne diseases, especially dengue fever
  • Environmental issues such as mold and radon
  • Facts for Life material (child health-related issues for global settings)
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases

Select Publications

  • Lennon, J.L., and Seitz, CM (in press).  Reading levels of selected USA Federal Government dengue webpages. Dengue Bulletin.
  • Lennon, J.L. (2013).  Dengue game debriefing by Health promotion students. Dengue Bulletin, 37(3), 203-210.
  • Lennon, J.L. (2010).  Debriefing a Health-Related Educational game:  A case study. Simulation & Gaming, 41(3), 390-399. (DOI: 10.1177/1046878109332810).
  • Lennon, J.L. & Coombs, D.W. (2007).  The utility of a board game for dengue hemorrhagic fever health education. Health Education, 107 (3), 290-306.
  • Lennon, J.L. (2007).  Perceived self-efficacy to plan and execute an environmental action plan for dengue control among Filipino university students. Dengue Bulletin, 31, 160-165.
  • Lennon, J.L. (2006). Debriefings of web-based malaria games. Simulation & Gaming: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 37, 350-356.
  • Lennon, J.L. & Coombs, D.W. (2006). Child invented health education games: A case study for dengue fever. Simulation & Gaming:  An Interdisciplinary Journal, 37, 88-97.
  • Lennon, J.L. & Coombs, D.W.  (2005). The dengue game debriefing study. Simulation & Gaming:  An Interdisciplinary Journal of Theory, Practice, and Research, 36, 499-517.
  • Lennon, J.L. (2005). The use of the health belief model in dengue health education. Dengue Bulletin, 29, 217-219.
  • Lennon, J.L. (2004). Students’ perceptions about mosquito larval control in a dengue-endemic Philippine city.  Dengue Bulletin, 28, 196-206.
  • Lennon, J.L. & Diputado, B.V. (1995). A descriptive epidemiology of parkinson’s disease and environmental exposure in Negros Oriental, Philippines. Philippine Journal of Internal  Medicine, 33 (6), 205-209.
  • Lennon, J.L. & Florendo, T.E. (1995). Reproductive health and AIDS awareness in Filipino university students through the use of LePSA and Facts for Life.  Philippine Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 19 (1), 43-47.
  • Lennon, J.L., Coombs, D.W. (1992). A Community-Based intervention for childhood diarrhea control (letter).  Journal of Diarrhoeal Disease Research, 10, 35-36
  • Lennon, J.L., Black, F.L. (1986). Maternally derived measles immunity in the era of vaccine protected mothers.  Journal of Pediatrics, 108, 671-676.
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