Jacey Greece, DSc, MPH, is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) where she teaches Health Behavior Theory, Intervention Planning, Health Communications, and Epidemiology. Her professional and research interests are rooted in healthy eating, food access and security, childhood obesity, community-based interventions, behavioral epidemiology, monitoring and surveillance, and program evaluation. In her teaching, Dr. Greece applies many field-based concepts, and emphasizes field-based consultancy and case method teaching as tools to teach technical competencies and relevant skills.
Dr. Greece has evaluated multiple public health programs to help improve the quality of life of individuals and families in the United States, particularly in underserved areas. Dr. Greece has conducted national and local evaluations for agencies including the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and Administration for Children and Families, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. In addition, she has worked on a number of research projects for the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Greece’s research interests focus mainly on changing environmental conditions and access to services and resources to ultimately affect health behaviors of underserved populations. For example, she is currently working on a project focused on systems-level approaches to fetal alcohol syndrome disorder as well as developing a metric to measure hunger in communities.
Dr. Greece comes to academia from many years in public health consulting and brings that experience into the classroom. One of the co-founders of the PBT STEPS Framework, she was awarded BUSPH’s Educational Innovation Award and has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award for courses in social and behavioral sciences and epidemiology. Dr. Greece applies her evaluation expertise to rigorous evaluation of educational curricula.
“Bringing real-life challenges into the classroom is essential to help equip students to solve real problems after they enter the workforce. The classroom can—and must—be a place where we use field-based approaches to teach technical competencies and help students acquire relevant skills. This is how we infuse public health with innovation and positively change population health.”