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Su-I Hou

Su-I Hou

Professor of Public Affairs - Health Services Management Track
Health Management and Informatics, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, International Committee
Employed Since: 2015

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  • American Public Health Association
  • National Board of Public Health Examiners
  • Community Campus Partnerships for Health
  • The Society for Public Health Education
  • Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States
  • American Association for Cancer Education
  • Gerontological Society of America

    • Biography
    • Research


    Su-I Hou, Dr.P.H., is a professor at the Department of Health Management and Informatics, and HMI Track Coordinator for COHPA's doctoral program in public affairs. She joined UCF in August 2015.  Prior to that, she was a founding faculty member of the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia, and served as the founding director of the Taiwan Public Health Study Abroad Program at UGA-CPH. She also served as an associate editor (2009-2015) for Health Promotion Practice, the Society of Public Health Education's official journal devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education. Hou is a recognized scholar of service learning by the Community-Campus Partnership for Health, and was also an inaugural service learning senior scholar and a recipient of the Service Learning Research Excellence Award at UGA. 

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    Her research has been focused on community and worksite strategies to promote early detection and prevention of selected cancers and HIV/AIDS. Her emerging research interests lies in eHealth communication and Internet programs, particularly for older adults. Most of her research has involved working with community partners in developing and validating study instruments, assessing psycho-social factors of health behaviors, developing and implementing theory-based health programs, and evaluating the effectiveness of program interventions. 

    Taiwan Study Abroad _logo _FBHou has taught a variety of research and competency-based courses, including: Human Ecology of Health and Illness; Planning and Evaluation of Health Programs; Program Development and Implementation; Research Methods, Epidemiology, Community Health; Cancer Communication; Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention; HIV Needs Assessment; Doctoral Seminars; Asian Culture and Health; Public Health and Aging, etc.  Prior to become a university faculty member, Hou had considerable practical and administrative experience in health care and community settings, serving as the founding director of the Community Health Department at one of the major teaching hospitals in Taiwan. 

    Hou has been very active in the Chinese-American communities, serving as the 2013-2014 president for the Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States, and continuing to serve on its executive board. She has close professional ties with Taiwan and China and has been frequently invited by their government agencies, major national universities, and industrial partners to give keynotes and training workshops. 

    Areas of Specialty

    • Evaluation of health programs
    • Intervention mapping
    • Survey instrument development and validation
    • Service learning and community-based participatory research


  • Dr.P.H., Health Promotion/Health Education, School of Public Health, University of Texas
  • CPH, Certification in Public Health
  • MCHES, Master Certified Health Education Specialist
  • RN, Registered Nurse
  • Research Interests

    • Cancer prevention and screening promotion
    • HIV/AIDS behavioral research
    • eHealth communication and promotion
    • Healthy aging in place
    • Community-based health promotion programs for older adults
    • Guided autobiography for older adults and caregivers

    The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
    — Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
    My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
    — Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
    UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
    — Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
    UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
    — Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
    My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
    — Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
    The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
    — Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
    The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
    — Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
    As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
    — April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
    It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
    — Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
    I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
    — Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
    The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
    — Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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