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Jan M. Eberth, PhD

Dr. Jan Eberth

Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy
Health Management and Policy
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BS, Health Sciences, Clemson University
MSPH, Epidemiology, Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health
PhD, Epidemiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health


Dr. Eberth is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Management and Policy at Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health. She is also a full member of the Cancer Risk & Control Research Program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Jefferson Health.

Dr. Eberth's research focuses on identifying social and structural barriers to accessing high-quality healthcare in the U.S., particularly among rural and minoritized populations. Most of her work focuses on disparities in early detection and treatment for commonly diagnosed cancers including lung, breast, and colorectal cancer. Current research projects include an assessment of lung cancer screening pathways among patients seen in primary care clinics in Philadelphia, creation of small area estimates of lung cancer screening eligibility and uptake rates from population-based survey data, and a quality improvement project to enhance lung cancer screening programs throughout the South and Appalachia. Dr. Eberth’s scholarship has been published widely, including in Health Affairs, Cancer, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Preventive Medicine, Health Services Research, and Journal of Rural Health.

She is a Fellow and past President of the American College of Epidemiology, Vice-Chair of the National Lung Cancer Roundtable Provider Engagement and Outreach Task Group, and member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network’s Rural Cancer Workgroup. In addition, Dr. Eberth has a long history of policy engagement, providing scientific advisement and advocacy for the National Rural Health Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, and GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

Research Interests

  • Cancer Prevention
  • Health Equity
  • Health Policy
  • Health Services Research
  • Spatial Analysis and GIS


Recent Publications:

Babatunde O*, Eberth JM, Felder TM, Moran R, Truman S*, Hébert JR, Heiney S, Adams SA. Racial disparities and diagnosis-to-treatment time among patients diagnosed with breast cancer in South Carolina. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Epub ahead of print on January 11, 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-020-00935-z.

Mayfield CA*, Geraci M, Dulin M, Eberth JM, Merchant AT. Social and Demographic Characteristics of Frequent or High-Charge Emergency Department Users: A Quantile Regression Application. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Epub ahead of print on January 28, 2021. DOI: 10.1111/jep.12537.

Zahnd WE, Murphy C*, Knoll M*, Benavidez GA*, Day K*, Ranganathan R*, Luke P*, Zgodic A*, Shi K, Merrell M, Crouch EL, Brandt HM, Eberth JM. The intersection of rural residence and minority race/ethnicity in cancer disparities in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(4):1384. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18041384.

Boutté AK*, Turner-McGrievy GM, Eberth JM, Wilcox S, Liu J, Kaczynski AT. Healthy Food Density is Not Associated With Diet Quality Among Pregnant Women With Overweight/Obesity in South Carolina. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2021 Feb;53(2):120-129. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2020.11.014. PMID: 33573765.

Zgodic A*, Advani S, Zahnd WE, Eberth JM+. Low-dose CT lung cancer screening uptake: a rural-urban comparison. Journal of Rural Health. Epub ahead of print on March 18, 2021. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12568.

Eberth JM, Zahnd WE, Josey MJ*, Schootman M, Probst JC. Trends in spatial access to colonoscopy in South Carolina, 2000-2014. Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology. 2021;37:100414. DOI: 10.1016/j.sste.2021.100414.

Georgantopoulos P*, Eberth JM, Cai B, Rao G, Bennett CL, Emrich C, Haddock KS, Hébert JR. A spatial assessment of prostate cancer mortality-to-incidence ratios among South Carolina veterans: 1999-2015. Annals of Epidemiology. 2021;S1047-2797(21)0054-5. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2021.03.010.

Boutté A.K*, Turner-McGrievy GM., Wilcox S, Liu J, Eberth JM, Kaczynski AT. Stress and depressive symptoms are not associated with overall diet quality but are associated with aspects of diet quality in pregnant women in South Carolina. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Epub ahead of print on April 13, 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2021.02.025.

Adams SA, Zahnd WE, Ranganathan R*, Hung P, Brown M, Truman S*, Biesecker C*, Kirksey V*, Eberth JM+. Rural and racial disparities in colorectal cancer incidence and mortality in South Carolina, 1996-2016. Journal of Rural Health. Epub ahead of print on May 2, 2021. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12580.

Benavidez GA*, Zgodic A*, Zahnd WE, Eberth JM+. Disparities in meeting USPSTF breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening guidelines among women in the United States: an analysis of 2018 BRFSS data. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2021;18:E37. DOI: 10.5888/pcd18.200315.

Zgodic A*, Eberth JM, Breneman CB, Wende ME*, Kacsynski AT, Liese AD, McLain A. Estimates of childhood overweight and obesity at the region, state and county levels: a multilevel small area estimation approach. American Journal of Epidemiology. Epub ahead of print on June 16, 2021. DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwab176.

Schootman M, Mutch M, Loux MDT, Eberth JM, Davidson NO. Differences in effectiveness and use of laparoscopic surgery in locally advanced colon cancer patients. Scientific Reports. 2021;11(1):10022. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-89554-0.

Bozorgi P*, Eberth JM, Edison JP, Porter D. Facility attractiveness and social vulnerability impacts on spatial accessibility to opioid treatment programs in South Carolina. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(8):4246. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18084246.

Probst JC, Eberth JM, Crouch EL. COVID-19 risk mitigation behaviors among rural and urban community-dwelling older adults in summer, 2020. Journal of Rural Health. 2021;37(3):473-478. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12600.

Wende ME*, Stowe EW*, Hallum SH*, Eberth JM, Liese AD, Kaczynski AT. Exploring disparities in youth physical activity environments by income and non-Hispanic White population across the United States. Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. Epub ahead of print on June 30, 2021. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001399.

Hung P, Shi K*, Probst JC, Zahnd WE, Zgodic A*, Merrell MA, Crouch EL, Eberth JM+. Trends in cancer treatment service availability across critical access hospitals and prospective payment system hospitals. Medical Care. Epub ahead of print on August 25, 2021. DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001635.

Zgodic A*, Eberth JM+, Smith BD, Zahnd WE, Adams SA, McKinley BP, Horner RD, O’Rourke MA, Blackhurst DW, Hudson MF. Multilevel predictors of guideline concordant needle biopsy use for non-metastatic breast cancer. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. Epub ahead of print on August 17, 2021. DOI: 10.1007/s10549-021-06352-y.

Murphy C*, Evans S*, Askelson N, Eberth JM, Zahnd WE. Extent of inclusion of “rural” in comprehensive cancer control plans in the United States. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2021;18:210091. DOI: 10.5888/pcd.18.210091.

Eberth JM, Kramer M, Delmelle E, Kirby RS. What is the place for space in epidemiology? Annals of Epidemiology. 2021;64:41-46. DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2021.08.022.

Petermann V*, Zahnd WE, Vanderpool RC, Eberth JM, Rohweder C, Teal R, Vu M, Stradtman L, Frost E, Trapl E, Koopman Gonzalez S, Vu T, Ko LK, Cole A, Farris PE, Shannon J, Lee J*, Askelson N, Seegmiller L, White A, Edward J, Davis M, Wheeler SB. How cancer programs identify and address the financial burdens of rural cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer. Epub ahead of print on October 16, 2021. DOI: j10.1007/s00520-021-06577-z.

Bozorgi P*, Porter DE, Eberth JM, Edison JP, Karami A. The leading neighborhood-level predictors of drug overdose: a mixed machine learning and spatial approach. In Press at Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

* Indicates a student or postdoctoral author
Indicates that Dr. Eberth served as senior and/or corresponding author

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