Clinical Assistant Professor – Department of Epidemiology
Director of Online Learning – College of Public Health & Health Professions
MPH Coordinator – Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dr. Mark Hart is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the Department of Epidemiology and also serves as the Director of Online Learning for the College of Public Health & Health Professions and MPH Coordinator for Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mark received his doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction (Educational Technology) from the University of Florida, and his dissertation was entitled: Social Media and Public Health: Perspectives on Implementing a Social Media Presence for a Public Health Organization. Previously, Dr. Hart also worked as the Director for the Rural South Public Health Training Center which focused on educating public health workers working in medically-underserved areas specific to HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Hart has various research interests relating to public health and educational technology. Recent publications have centered on the role social media can play in formal and informal learning for students and public health workers. Specific focus has been giving on the role Social Networking Sites, like Facebook, can be used in conjunction with formal education as well as for the professional development of public health workers. Recent work has centered on app review and evaluation in public health, as well as the usage of text messaging campaigns, and creating and studying avatar/virtual doctor usage in health settings.