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Rebecca Foco

Rebecca Foco, Ph.D. Lecturer


Professional preparation of community health educators; pedagogy in community health education

Research Interest

Investigating novel approaches to health education pedagogy

Educational Background

Ph.D.-Virginia Commonwealth University, Health Promotion and Education; M.A.-University of Minnesota, Industrial Relations; B.A.-University of Minnesota, Political Science


Rebecca Foco, Ph.D./CHES, serves as a lecturer in the Department of Public Health. 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, Va. 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.