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Brian Bossak, PhD, MPH

Brian BossakAssociate Professor & Chair - Health Sciences
Phone: (239) 590-7495
Office: Marieb Hall 437

Dr. Brian Bossak serves as Chair of the Department of Health Sciences. He joined Florida Gulf Coast University in August, 2013. Previously, he served as the Division Director of Environmental Health Sciences in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Bossak earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in Geography from the University of Georgia, where he concentrated on geospatial analysis techniques (GIS, remote sensing, and photogrammetry). He earned a PhD in Geography from Florida State University, where he focused on environmental hazard analysis and preparedness. He completed a Mendenhall Post-doctoral Research Fellowship with the US Geological Survey where he developed coastal hazard prediction models, and worked as a Geospatial Technology Lead in the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He later earned a Master of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, with a focus on vector-borne disease modeling, water quality, and the health implications of climate change.

Since 2009, Dr. Bossak has authored or co-authored work that has been published in Journal of Urban Health, American Journal of Public Health, PLOS ONE, Health & Place, Geography Compass, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Medical Hypotheses, and the International Journal of Drug Policy. His teaching interests include epidemiology, research procedures, and public health biology, and extend to public health preparedness, medical geography, and global climate change and health.

Dr. Bossak is currently Chair of the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). He is an affiliate of the Georgia Coastal Research Council, is chair of the academic membership committee of the Georgia Environmental Health Association, and is currently Principal Investigator on a research project funded by the Georgia Sea Grant Program.

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