PhD Michigan State University: Sociology
MPA Grand Valley State University
John Clements joined the Master of Public Health program as a full-time faculty member in 2019. He has served as Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine since obtaining his PhD in Sociology with an additional specialization in Environmental Science and Policy from MSU in 2013. He has taught a range of subjects from health care ethics, law, and medical humanities to biostatistics, epidemiology, research design, and social determinants of health. He has mentored over 150 medical students and residents on their research projects.
John’s research is focused on health outcomes related to social determinants and disparities, environmental sociology, and sociology of religion. He recently completed work on an NIH R15 grant that focused on disparities in diabetes outcomes and use of healthcare services in Michigan Medicare beneficiaries. His works have been published in several journals and he has presented at a dozen social science and medical research conferences around the U.S. John is currently developing a research “lab” focusing on health outcomes to include interested students and MPH faculty. Beginning with pre-existing datasets from NIH, AHRQ, and others, the lab conducts research on a broad range of health policy issues, including cost and quality of health services, medical practice patterns, access to healthcare programs, and outcomes of treatments at the national, State, and local market levels.
Areas of Interest
John has been active in developing curriculum, designing program and course evaluation systems, as well as teaching and mentoring students. He is interested in learning more about teaching and learning and applying these skill to the online environment. In addition, John’s prior research included considerations of religion, spirituality, and environmental concern and he is working to include these measures in future health outcomes research.