Sarah Kershner – PhD, MPH, CHES
Sarah Kershner joined Francis Marion University in Spring 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Director of the Healthcare Administration Program. Sarah received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Clemson University, Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina, and Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. Sarah was the recipient of the Jeffrey Keith Mattison award from the USC Arnold School of Public Health for outstanding student achievement in 2008. Sarah is a Certified Health Education Specialist and is trained in several reproductive health/sexual health curricula aimed at decreasing risky sexual behavior among adolescents. Sarah’s interest areas include public health policy, reproductive health/sexual health, contraceptive technologies, sexually transmitted infections and adolescent risky behaviors.
Prior to her role at Francis Marion, Sarah worked at the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy for over nine years where she managed a federal research study supporting the implementation of a reproductive health curricula in South Carolina middle schools aimed at reducing the teen birth rate statewide. In this role, Sarah worked with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health and assisted with the writing of a $1.5 million grant award per year over five years. Sarah also worked with the University of South Carolina on a multi-year, multi-site randomized controlled trial aimed at improving adolescent sexual health outcomes. Sarah has authored several peer-reviewed articles, presented dozens of presentations nationwide and has been involved on review teams and panels with Mathematica Policy Research, Cornell University and ETR Associates.
Sarah grew up in Florence and is happy to have returned to the Pee Dee area after living ten years in Columbia. Sarah resides in Olanta, SC with her husband, their three-year old son and three “furbabies.”