Rebecca Foco

Rebecca Foco, Community Health and Environment

Kitson 313 A


Professional preparation of community health educators; pedagogy in community health education, community-engaged scholarship

Research Interest

Investigating novel approaches to health education pedagogy; service and experiential learning

Educational Background

PhD in Education (Health Promotion and Education), Virginia Commonwealth University MA in Industrial Relations, University of Minnesota 

BA in Political Science, University of Minnesota


Rebecca Foco, Ph.D./CHES, serves as a lecturer in the Community Health and Environment Department. In addition to teaching a variety of health education and promotion courses, Foco is involved with coordinating service learning and internship opportunities for community health students throughout the greater Lowell area. Her previous experience includes serving as an assistant professor of community health and wellness at Curry College in Milton, Mass. She initiated a review of the community health curriculum, designed new courses and taught a variety of health and health education and promotion courses both to community health majors and non-majors. She earned her Ph.D. in education with a concentration in health education and promotion from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed the Preparing Future Faculty Program and served as a graduate assistant and adjunct faculty teaching community health education, exercise science, and health and physical education. She also worked as a research associate for the Community Partnership for Ethical Research conducting community-based participatory research with an array of community partners.