Armstrong Alumni Association
Sara Plaspohl, DrPH, CHES
Class of 1978, 1989, 1992
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences/ Public Health, Armstrong Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene
Dr. Sara S. Plaspohl is an assistant professor of health sciences and public health at Armstrong. She earned her doctorate in Public Health from Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University, where she was the first graduate to complete her Doctorate of Public Health in 2010. She also has a Community Assistant Professor appointment within the Department of Community Medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine.
Prior to her position at Armstrong, Plaspohl worked for 18 years at Memorial Health University Medical Center, serving as Research Ethics Officer for the majority of her time with the institution. She managed the Institutional Review Board process that provided oversight to more than 250 clinical trials at Memorial.
Plaspohl’s research focuses on college tobacco policies, as well as influenza immunization programs. Her research team was recognized earlier this year by the Georgia Public Health Association by earning the Barfield Award for community-based research. In addition to teaching, scholarship, and service at Armstrong, Plaspohl provides independent consulting services for topics pertaining to human subject protections in research, including institutional review board administrative audits and educational retreats.
Plaspohl is a native Savannahian, has been happily married to David Plaspohl (also an Armstrong graduate) for 31 years, and has one daughter. Her hobbies include organic gardening, cooking, and running - she has been a runner for over 34 years, completing more than 25 marathons, including six Boston Marathons.