(COLLEGE STATION, TX) — Two faculty with the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health recently were selected to the advisory board of Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Kenneth McLeroy, Ph.D., and James Burdine, Dr. P.H., begin their two-year terms March 1. The 13-member board reviews and critiques abstract submissions to the Association of Schools of Public Health section of the journal, called “From the Schools of Public Health.”

Respected for their abilities and distinguished careers in public health, Drs. McLeroy and Burdine also bring their expertise on rural health issues to the advisory board. Of the 38 accredited schools of public health, the Texas A&M HSC School of Rural Public Health is the first and only to focus primarily on rural public health issues.

Dr. McLeroy, associate dean for Academic Affairs and professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Health, has research interests in community capacity, community based approaches to health promotion and disease prevention, and individual and community assets and resources. He also is departmental editor for the American Journal of Public Health, editor of the Social Health Section of the American Journal of Health Promotion, and on the editorial boards of the journals Health Education Research and the American Journal of Health Behavior.

Dr. Burdine, director of the Texas A&M HSC School of Rural Public Health Center for Community Health Development and associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Health, has research interests in factors influencing community capacity for health improvement, strategies for developing community capacity and measuring community capacity for health improvement.

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