Jody Early

Jody Early, Ph.D., M.S., MCHES
Associate Professor

Dr. Jody Early joined the NHS faculty in Fall 2014. Jody has a passion for community based research and health promotion, and she is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Her work in academia and health education spans twenty years, and the last 13 have involved the development and creation of quality online and hybrid academic programs in the health sciences. Prior to UWB, Dr. Early was a Clinical Associate Professor of Health Education at Texas A&M University (College Station), and served as a program director for the B.S. Public Health, B.S. Healthcare Management, and B.S. Health Studies programs at Walden University from 2009-2013. She began her academic career as an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at Texas Woman’s University in the School of Health Sciences and helmed the development of one of the first online bachelor (degree completion) programs in health education. In 2010, the American Association of Health Education awarded her with the Technology Award for her contributions to the field. She is dedicated to the scholarship of teaching and learning and to exploring pedagogies that “disrupt” in effective, innovative ways.


Jody’s research, teaching, and community work have been greatly influenced by Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy and participatory methodologies. She approaches health from a social science perspective and is drawn to mixed methodologies and community-based participatory research. She applies critical theory to examine socioecological factors (e.g., gender, education, class, culture) that impact health. Jody has published and presented peer-reviewed research in the areas of: community health, women’s health, new media and health promotion, online learning, and Constructivist pedagogies. She is currently serving on the editorial advisory board for the journal, Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and also serves as a peer reviewer for the Global Journal of Health Education & Promotion and the Journal of Online Teaching and Learning. She is also co-author of the text, The Process of Community Health Education and Promotion (2nd ed.), and is currently working on a 3rd edition due out in 2015.


Texas Woman’s University
Denton, TX
  • Ph.D. Health Studies (Community Health)
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
  • M.S. Health Science (School Health emphasis)
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT
  • • B.A. English/Secondary Education (dual)
  • Minors: History; Health






Courses Taught

  • Women’s Global Health & Human Rights
  • Community Health
  • Dimensions of Wellness
  • Program Planning & Evaluation
  • Health Communications
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Foundations of Health Education & Behavior
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Cultural Perspectives of Health & Illness
  • Senior Capstone & Fieldwork
  • Strategies for Health Promotion & Communication
  • Health Management & Leadership
  • Global Health
  • Dissertation