Fran T. Close, Ph.D.

Fran T. Close, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education in the Master of Public Health Program at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Named the 2001 Teacher of the Year by the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences/Institute of Public Health, she teaches courses such as “Current Issues in Women’s Health”,“Individual Health Behaviors” and “Principles of Behavioral Science and Health Education”. Dr. Close focuses much of her research on women’s reproductive health issues. Her research includes maternal, child and infant health, abstinence education and program evaluation. Dr. Close is an active member of the Racial Disparity Taskforce for Infant Health, Capital Area Healthy Start Coalition (President-Elect) and the Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Committee. She is also the co-producer of “It Concerns You…Issues in Public Health”, a FAMU-TV production. Her current research involves working with communities in both Leon and Gadsden Counties to address infant mortality issues. She holds a doctorate degree in Pharmacology/Toxicology from FAMU and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biological Science from Florida State University. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband Billy and daughters, Nia and Nataki.

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