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2018 Scholars

Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES®

Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS, CHES


Assistant Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine
Division of Public Health | Department of Family & Preventive Medicine

As a behavioral scientist and certified health education specialist (CHES®), Dr. Charles R. Rogers currently serves as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine. He joined the Utah community in June 2018 after 4.5 years at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was an Assistant Professor (Division of Health Disparities) and National Cancer Institute-funded postdoctoral fellow (focused on cancer-related health disparities and community-based participatory research). Since racial inequalities in health are extensive in the U.S., Dr. Rogers is committed to serving medically underserved and minority populations. His transdisciplinary training in applied mathematics and statistics, health education, and public health administration & policy, provide a unique perspective for translating research findings into prevention methods among government agencies, policy makers, private health care organizations, and communities. As an emerging leader of the cancer health disparities workforce, Dr. Rogers has shared his knowledge across East Africa and Jamaica as well as via a number of venues including newspapers, radio stations, national conferences, minority health fairs, and television.

Dr. Rogers’ research agenda contributes to translational solutions that address the complex underpinnings of inequalities in men’s health, with a current focus on colorectal cancer awareness and prevention among African-American men. His research interest also include cancer health disparities; behavioral & community-based interventions, implementation science, mixed methods, and survey methodology. Dr. Rogers’ capabilities and potential have been recognized locally and nationally by the receipt of several competitive scholarships and fellowships aimed at strengthening his knowledge and skills for a life-long career in health equity research. Since he is passionate about paying it forward, Dr. Rogers has also received a number of awards acknowledging his servant leadership (e.g., 100 Most Influential Black Alumni at NC State University).