Sarah Kershner joined Francis Marion University in Spring 2017 and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Healthcare Administration Department. 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 Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior from the University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health. Sarah’s interest areas include reproductive health/sexual health, research and evaluation, LGBTQ+ inclusivity in healthcare, contraceptive technologies, sexually transmitted infections, and adolescent risky behaviors.
Prior to her role at Francis Marion, Sarah worked at Fact Forward (formerly SC 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. 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 eight-year-old son and four “furbabies.”