Dexter Cooper, MPH

Project Operations Manager

Dexter’s interest in public health stems from observations as a teenager of differences in health outcomes among his family and the people in his community. He wondered why some people suffered from illnesses and diseases more than others and believed that there was a better way to help people maintain or improve their mental and physical health. 

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Morehouse College and a Master of Public Health degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Prior to joining KDHRC, his professional experiences spanned across local, federal, academic, and non-profit organizations where he engaged in behavioral research projects and programs to prevent disease or improve the health outcomes of communities on federally funded and non-profit funding. He has also published research in peer-reviewed journals and presented research at various scientific conferences.

Dexter’s experience has been predominantly with chronic disease prevention, such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases, however his public health interests are more expansive. Joining the KDHRC team as a Project Operations Manager further extended his experiences with unique diseases and public health concerns. Dexter manages several projects and works closely with project and community partners to address a host of public health-related concerns. He enjoys meeting and collaborating with new project partners, strategizing with KDHRC staff to identify best ways to evaluate projects, and envisioning how the projects can impact and improve public health outcomes.

When not in the office, Dexter enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys working out, watching sports, or finding a new place in Atlanta for adventurous dining experiences.