Health Education and Promotion

Faculty Profile


Andrew Owusu   Owusu, Andrew
  Associate Professor, Ph. D.
   
  Contact Information
  Address: Middle Tennessee State University Murphy Center P. O. Box 96 Murfreesboro, TN 37132 USA
  Office: Murphy Center Rm. 125
  Tel:(615) 898-5878
  Fax:(615) 898-5020
  Email: Andrew.Owusu@mtsu.com
   
 
Education
  • Ph.D. Middle Tennessee State University 2004
  • Ms.Ed. Wayne State College 1998
  • B.A. University of Alabama, 1996
 
Research Interest
Research Interests: Global School-Based Student Health Survey [Country Coordinator (Ghana)]
Adolescent Health Risk Behavior
Sexual Health Behaviors of Adolescents and Adults
Childhood Lead Poisoning
Technology and Health Education
Classroom Response Systems
 
Courses
Undergraduate Courses
  • Health and Wellness
  • Technology Applications for Health Education
  • Foundations of Health Education
  • Community and Public Health
  • Evaluation and Measurement in Health Education
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam Preparation
Graduate Courses
  • Nation's Health
  • Health Promotion
  • Practicum in Health Education
  • Special Problems in Health Education
 
Selected Publications, Reports, and Presentations

Publications

  • Dune M., Bosumtwi-Sam C., Sabates R., Owusu A. Peer relations, Violence and School Attendance: Analyses of Bullying in Senior High Schools in Ghana. (Journal of Development Studies) Published July 2012.
  • Owusu A., Hart P., Oliver B., Kang M. The Association Between Bullying and Psychological Health Among Senior High School Students In Ghana, West-Africa. (Journal of School Health) Published May 2011).
  • Dune M., Bosumtwi-Sam C., Sabates R., Owusu A. School Violence and School Attendance: Analyses of Bullying in Senior High Schools in Ghana. Create Pathways to Access Research Monograph No. 41. July 2010
  • Owusu A., O'Hara Murdock P., & Weatherby N. Measuring Nutritional Intake of Adolescents in Ghana, West Africa (International Electronic Journal of Health Education) Published July 2007.
  • Stultz, E., N. Weatherby, A. Owusu and A. Weaver. Pre-1950s Housing in Tennessee Counties Puts Children at Risk for Lead Poisoning. Tennessee Medicine 95 (10): 425-428, 2002

Reports

  • Kwankye S., Badasu D., & Owusu A. (2012). Country Report: Examining Barriers to Condom Use in Ghana, West Africa. Submitted to Ghana AIDS Commission. (Partnership: Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS) and Middle Tennessee State University [MTSU])
  • Owusu A. Country Report: 2009 Ghana Global School-based Student Health Survey. Published December 2009 at http://www.cdc.gov/gshs/countries/africa/ghana.htm.
  • Owusu A., Kann L., & Riley L. 2008 Ghana Global School-based Student Health Survey Results – Senior High School Students. Published Jan 2009. Data Files: http://cdc.gov/gshs/countries/africa/ghana.htm Partnership: Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Owusu A., Kann L., & Riley L. 2007 Ghana Global School-based Student Health Survey Results – Junior High School Students. Published Jan 2008. Data Files: http://cdc.gov/gshs/countries/africa/ghana.htm Partnership: Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO).

Presentations

  • Sowah S., Owusu A., Oliver BD., Wright R., Cole AR., Dickson P., et al. (2012). Malaria infection and Bed net efficacy among Ghanaian high school students. Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Cole, AR, Owusu, A., Mahoney-Dickson, P., Oliver, BD, Sowah, S. (2012) The Association Between Perception of Health Status and the Use of the Internet for Health Research (2012). Presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) National Convention and Exposition, Boston, MA.
  • Mahoney-Dickson P., Sowah S., Owusu A., Cole A.R., Oliver B.D., Thomason-Shrader L., et al. (2012). Negative Outcomes Associated with Alcohol Use and Binge Drinking Among College Students Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Oliver BD., Owusu A., Dickson P., Cole AR., & Sowah S. (November 2011). Examining the Relationship between Substance Use and Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviors Among High School Students in Ghana, West-Africa. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association annual conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Owusu A., Ohene S., Wright R., & Oliver BD., (November, 2011). My Parents Use Tobacco and/or Drink: What about Me? Examining Parental Substance Use Behavior and that of Senior High School Students in Ghana, West Africa. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association annual conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Oliver BD. & Owusu A. (March, 2011). Flu/H1N1: Does Perceived Severity of Personal Infection Really Matter? Poster presentation at American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) annual conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Oliver BD. & Owusu A. (March, 2011). An Analysis of Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviors Among Ghanaian Adolescents. Poster presentation at American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) annual conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Cole A., Owusu A., Mahoney-Dickson P., Sowah S &. Oliver B.D. (April, 2011). The Effect Of Bullying on Mental Health When Considering Weight Status Among Tennessee High School Students. Poster presentation at the 2011 MTSU Scholars Week, Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Owusu A., Hart P., Oliver B., Kang M. (Nov, 2010). Association Between Bullying and Psychological Health Among Senior High School Students In Ghana, West-Africa. Paper presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference. Denver, CO.
  • Hart, P. D., Owusu, A., Barreira, T. V., & Kang, M. (May, 2010). Recommended levels of physical activity, tobacco, alcohol, and drug use among adolescents in Ghana. Presented at the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto, Canada.
  • Oliver B., Owusu A., & Anders M. (April, 2010). Examining the Association Between Loneliness and Protective Factors Among Ghanaian Adolescents. Paper presented at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Castillo A., Hart P., Oliver B., Lee B., White K., & Owusu A. (March, 2010). H1N1: Knowledge-Attitudes-Behaviors-Barriers Among MTSU Students. Poster presentation at the MTSU Annual Scholars Week, Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Lee B., Oliver B., Hart P., Castillo A., White K., & Owusu A. (March, 2010). H1N1 Flu: Effect of Perceived Severity/Susceptibility on Hand-Washing Habits. Poster presentation at the MTSU Annual Scholars Week, Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Campbell K., Weatherby N.L., & Owusu A. Examining intention to use condoms among adolescents in Ghana. (Nov 2009) Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Owusu A., Weatherby N.L., & Campbell K. Evaluation of the School Sanitation and Hygiene Education (SSHE) Program in Ghana, West-Africa.(Nov 2009) Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Oliver B., Owusu A., & Anders M.(November, 2009). Examining the Association Between Loneliness and Protective Factors Among Ghanaian Adolescents. Poster presentation at the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD) annual conference, Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Owusu A., Alexander R., Weatherby N. L., Kang M (October, 2008). The Effect of Parental Monitoring on High Risk Sexual Activity Among Middle School Students in Four African Countries. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference. San Diego, CA..
  • Owusu A., O'Hara Murdock P., Bosumtwi-Sam C., Campbell K., Kann L., & Riley L (November 2008). HIV/AIDS Risk Behaviors & Prevention Factors among Junior Secondary School Students in Ghana: Baseline Data from the 2007 Ghana GSHS. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual conference. San Diego, CA.
 
Non-Academic Honors

Sports

  • 2012 Olympic Games (London, England), Team Leader [under Chef de mission] for Ghana Olympic Team [Track and Field, Boxing, Weightlifting]
  • 2012 African Championships (Porto Novo, Benin), Team Coach Ghana [horizontal jumps]
  • 2010 Commonwealth Games (Dehli, India), Team Coach Uganda [horizontal jumps]
  • 1997, 2003 Two-Time World Championships Finalist, Triple Jump, [Athens, Greece 1997; Paris, France, 2003)
  • 2003 International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) candidate for the Athletes Commission
  • 2002 - 2012 Coached over 21 conference champions [Sunbelt-Conference] and 12 All-American [NCAA D1]
  • 2000 International Olympic Committee (IOC) candidate for the Athletes Commission (2000).
  • 1998 - Present Ghana national triple jump record holder, 17.23 meters [56 feet  6 inches], 
  • 1998 African Championships triple jump Record Holder
  • 1998 Commonwealth Games [Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia] silver medalist, triple jump
  • 1996 NCAA D1 National Champion, long jump [indoor]
  • 1995 NCAA D1 Runner-up, long jump [outdoor]
  • 1993 - Present University of Alabama Triple Jump [outdoor] record holder
  • 4-Time African Champion, Triple Jump (1998, 1999, 2000, 2003)
  • 2-Time All-African Games Triple Jump Champion (South Africa 1999, Nigeria 2003)
  • 2-Time African Silver Medalist, (1995 Long Jump, 2002 Triple Jump)
  • 4th Place Finish, World Cup in Athletics [track and field], Representing Africa, Triple Jump, Johannesburg, South Africa (1998)
  • 7th Place World Ranking, Track and Field News Magazine (USA, 1998)
  • 3-Time Olympic Games Participant, Sydney, Greece, (Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004)
  • 4-Time World Championships Participant (Sweden 1995, Greece 1997, Spain 1999, France 2003)
  • 2-Time and Double Ghana National Secondary Schools Athletics Championship, Long and Triple Jump (Accra, 1990 and Tamale, 1991)
  • International Athletic Foundation (IAF) Project 03.4.5 Director (2003)
  • Member, African Athletes Commission, Western Region (2002-2008)
  • Participant, Olympic Games, Sydney (Triple Jump)