Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association in Southeastern United States
American Association for Cancer Education
Gerontological Society of America
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.
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.
Hou 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
Survey instrument development and validation
Service learning and community-based participatory
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
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
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