Jonathan Noel

Assistant Professor,  College of Health & Wellness

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Jonathan Noel
I hope to use my diverse background and experiences to teach the next generation of health science and public health professionals.”


My first exposure to public health was during an internship with the Connecticut Department of Public Health. For a summer, I assisted with the development of a plan to counteract pandemic flu. Me — an undergraduate — offering advice that could impact thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of lives.

After that internship, I was hooked. My public health career has gone in many directions since that first encounter, but I have never gotten over the awe that a single decision made by only a few individuals can influence the lives of so many.

After finishing my undergraduate degree, I immediately enrolled in a Master of Public Health program. There, I was involved in alcohol and drug-related projects. The most influential project was evaluating alcohol marketing shown on television. Determining how corporations market dangerous consumer products became serious research interest of mine, and since enrolling in a PhD program at the University of Connecticut, I have evaluated marketing examples in dozens of different countries through multiple different media channels. I am particularly interested in how social media influences our perceptions of marketing messages.

Although I have spent the majority of my time researching alcohol and alcohol policy, I have also conducted research on tobacco products, illegal drugs, environmental health conditions, prostate cancer, and maternal and child health.

I hope to use my diverse background and experiences to teach the next generation of health science and public health professionals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Addiction
  • Mental Health
  • Marketing
  • Social Media
  • Health Policy
  • Chronic Disease
  • Epidemiology

Sample Courses

  • HSC1010 (Undergraduate) Introduction to Health Professions
  • HSC1110 (Undergraduate) Determinants of Health I
  • HSC1120 (Undergraduate) Determinants of Health II
  • HSC1230 (Undergraduate) Introduction to Public Health
  • HSC4100 (Undergraduate) Health Policy, Ethics and the Law

Professional Memberships

  • Rhode Island Public Health Association
  • Massachusetts Public Health Association
  • Kettil Bruun Society for Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol
  • American Public Health Association
  • Connecticut Immunization Coalition
  • Connecticut Public Health Association