Biography & Expertise
Michael D. Celestin, Jr. is an Instructor in the Behavioral and Community Health Sciences Department here at LSUH-NO SPH. He currently serves as Associate Director for the Louisiana Tobacco Control Initiative (TCI), a research and practice based program that seeks to reduce the prevalence of tobacco use within state healthcare delivery systems. Mr. Celestin has more than 17 years of experience in tobacco prevention and cessation program development, implementation and evaluation in community and health system settings. Mr. Celestin earned his MA in Human Performance and Health Promotion at the University of New Orleans and his BA in Interpersonal and Public Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is also a certified Health Education Specialist and Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Mr. Celestin is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy, with a concentration in Health Policy, at Southern University in the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. Mr. Celestin has published several peer reviewed manuscripts and book chapters, and has given numerous oral and poster presentations at local, state and national professional and scientific conferences regarding tobacco control in Louisiana. His current research focuses on health systems change strategies for tobacco and cancer control, smoking cessation among women of childbearing age including pregnant smokers, and use of social media tools in public health practice to improve patient and provider health communication.