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Rebecca Foco

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Dr. Rebecca FocoAssociate Teaching Professor
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Public Health
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4479
  • Office
    Kitson Hall - 311
  • Email

Research Interests

Health education pedagogy

Investigating novel approaches to health education pedagogy


  • Ph D: Education, (2011), Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond, VA
    Supporting Area: Health Education/Health Promotion
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: The Role of Faith Leaders in Partnerships Among Health Promotion Researchers and Faith Communities


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.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2015), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell

Selected Publications

  • Ripley, E., Ramsey, C., Prorock-Ernest, A., Foco, R., Luckett Jr, S., Ornato, J.P. (2012) "EMS Providers and Exception from Informed Consent Research: Benefits, Ethics, and Community Consultation," Prehospital Emergency Care
  • Foco, R. (2011) "The Role of Faith Leaders in Partnerships among Health Promotion Researchers and Faith Communities,"

Selected Presentations

  • Formative assessment: Small Investments Can Yield Big Returns - 2018 Teaching Professor Conference, June 2018 - Atlanta, GA