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
- Intervention mapping
- Survey instrument development and validation
- Service learning and community-based participatory research
- 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