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College of Education and Health Professions

The vision of the College of Education and Health Professions is to prepare highly qualified professionals and leaders who possess the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to increase the quality of life in the community by improving P-12 student learning and professional health care.

About Us

Natasha Hourel

Assistant Professor


Natasha Hourel

Position: Assistant Professor of Health Science/Public Health
Office: Lumpkin Center 156C
Phone: 706-565-3405


Ph.D., Public Health Epidemiology, Walden University
M.P.H., Community Health Education, Walden University
M.P.A., Health Services Administration, Columbus State University
B.S., Health Sciences, Columbus State University

Specialty Area


Dr. Natasha Hourel joined Columbus State University faculty as Assistant Professor in 2019. Her teaching focuses on Health Science courses, on topics, such as behavioral determinants of health and disease, health education, school health, death and dying and bioethics. She also serves as the faculty advisor for Sigma Alpha Pi, leadership honor society. Her doctoral studies focused on the influence of African American parenting behaviors on adolescent weight status.

Dr. Hourel is a scholar-practitioner whose industry background includes clinical and biomedical research, regulatory compliance, and environmental health inspection in private, state, and academic institutions, including Auburn University and Emory University. She has performed research on health behaviors at the practitioner and educational levels. Her research interests include health behaviors, health disparities and health equity, minority and women’s health issues, nutrition and weight-related health problems, infectious diseases and clinical research.

She is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA), the American Public Health Association (APHA), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America). She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®).

Courses Taught

HESC 4106 Methods and Materials in Community Health Education

HESC 4107 Fundamentals of School Health

HESC 4129 Death and Dying

HESC 4795 Seminar in Health Sciences

HESC 5106U/G Behavioral Determinants of Health and Disease (Online)