Smith, Jimmie H., Jr.

Jimmie H. Smith, Jr.

Jimmie H. Smith, Jr.


Assistant Professor of Practice and Liaison for the Academic Health Department


Dr. Jimmie Smith is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Liaison for the Academic Health Department in the College of Health Professions.  Dr. Smith also serves as the Health Promotions Coordinator for the North Central Health District of the Georgia Department of Public Health.  He joined the Mercer University faculty in 2012 after serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of Community Medicine for Mercer University School of Medicine.

Dr. Smith’s foundation in health began with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, North Carolina, and has provided him with exceptional experiences in the areas of general family medicine, public health policy and administration (federal and local), minority health, and health equity and disparities issues. He received his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1994, and completed residency training at the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program in Albany, Georgia. After residency, he was selected as the Education Staff Fellow at the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) in Kansas City, Missouri.  In 2007, he completed the Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Environmental Health from Fort Valley State University, and has completed graduate courses Educational Leadership from Mercer University.

His professional experiences include, but are not limited to, having served as the Professor of Practice for the College of Health Sciences with Argosy University-Atlanta, and adjunct professor roles with Atlanta Metropolitan College and the Department of Community Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine. He has managed the Safe Schools, Healthy Students Initiative for Bibb County Schools, served as the Deputy Director of Clinical Services for the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, and served as the Health Services Program Supervisor for the Macon-Bibb County Health Department.  Dr. Smith gained federal public health experience while serving as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Health and 16th Surgeon General of the United States.  

Dr. Smith’s research interest include health disparities, health promotion, tobacco prevention, collective impact and coalitions, and academic health departments.

Dr. Smith serves as a Site Visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board, is an active member of the Georgia Public Health Association, and is a Section Councilor for the Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section of the American Public Health Association.


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