Staff: April Oh, Ph.D., M.P.H.

April Oh

April Oh, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Program Director
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April Oh, Ph.D., M.P.H. is a Health Scientist in the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch (HCIRB), where she is leading a research program in physical activity and diet communication, neighborhood and policy effects and community health promotion. Dr. Oh's research program includes examination of the context of eating and activity behaviors (policy, communication, built and social environments), multilevel communication interventions to promote HPV vaccination uptake, neighborhood environments, and social determinants of behavioral health and health disparities. Dr. Oh serves as Program Director for NCI's Speeding Research Tested Interventions into Practice (SPRINT) training program. She also currently serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Surgeon General.

Prior to joining the HCIRB, Dr. Oh was a Senior Behavioral Scientist at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc, working in support to the Health Behaviors Research Branch (HBRB) in the Behavioral Research Program (BRP) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Prior to working at NCI, Dr. Oh was a fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Population Health and Health Disparities. Dr. Oh was previously manager of the Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities postdoctoral program training scholars in health disparities with the Center for Advancing Health. She also worked as a staff consultant supporting state government's contract monitoring of Medicaid Managed Care programs.

Dr. Oh holds a doctoral degree in Public Health (Community Health Sciences) from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a master of public health degree in health management and policy from the University of Michigan and bachelors of public health degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Secondary Branch/Office Appointment:  Implementation Science (IS)

Current and/or past BRP mentors include Heather Patrick, Glen Morgan and Linda Nebeling.

Current and/or past BRP mentees include Chan Thai, Laura Dwyer and Kate McSpadden.

Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health, multilevel influences on health behavior and health communication
  • Community health promotion
  • Physical activity
  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • HPV vaccination

Selected Publications and Presentations