John M. Clements, PhD

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.


Scholarly Work 

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 has also served on review boards for Dow Chemical Company, Covenant HealthCare and CMU Medical Education Partners.


Areas of Interest

John has been active in developing curriculum, designing program and course evaluation systems, as well as teaching and mentoring students. He says that, “Teaching allows me to come full circle in my education. As a student, I found education and attending classes to be very personally rewarding. Every time I teach, my goal is to help students become lifelong learners who are inquisitive about the world around them. In addition, by teaching, I learn new things about my students and I never fail to learn something new about the material.”


Clements John

Assistant Professor