Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer cooper
  • Undergraduate Faculty

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Faculty Athletic Representative

Rosenstock Hall, Room 27


I am a registered nurse and board-certified advanced public health nurse.  My nursing practice has been with older adults in a variety of settings and in community/public health. At Hood, I work to connect students with experiences in the community and we are actively involved with projects at the Frederick County Health Department, YMCA and Frederick Health Hospital. I am President-Elect for the Association of Public Health Nurses where I have worked with the national Million Hearts initiative.  I currently lead Hood Million Hearts that aims to prevent heart disease in the Hood College and greater Frederick community.


  • DNP, The George Washington University, 2016
  • MSN, Rush University, 2011
  • BSN, Cedarville University, 1995

Professional Highlights


Awards & Recognitions

The National Forum For Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Heart Healthy Stroke Free Award (2020)

The George Washington University Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award (2020)

Maryland Higher Education Commission Academic Nurse Educator Certification Award (2019)

Hood College 2018 Summer Research Institute (Hood Million Hearts®)

Maryland Higher Education Commission Nursing Educator Doctoral Grant (2017)

American Association of Colleges of Nursing & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Academic Practice Partnership 2015-2016 DNP Evidence-Based Project in Population Health


Hood Million Hearts® (2018)

Association of Public Health Nurses

  • 2018 Association of State & Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts® State and Local Hypertension Focused Model
  • 2014-2017 Association of State & Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts® State Learning Collaborative
  • 2016-2019 American Association on Health & Disability Breast Cancer Awareness for Women with Disabilities


Zimmerman, W. & Cooper, J. (2020). From the Perspective of the Public Health 
Department. Solari-Twadell, A. Ziebarth, D, & Dyess, S. (Eds), Faith Community
Nursing: An International Specialty Practice Changing the Understanding of 
Health. Springer International Publishing.

Cooper, J., Hahn, J. & Revesz, M. (2019).  An Academic Nursing Project to Advance Million Hearts® (abstract from April 2019 poster). Building Healthy Academic Communities Journal, 3 (2), 86.

Cooper, J. & Zimmerman, W. (2017). The Effect of a Faith Community Nurse Network and Public Health Collaboration on Hypertension Prevention and Control. Public Health Nursing, 34 (3), 444-453.

Cooper, J. & Zimmerman, W. (2016). The Evaluation of a Regional Faith Community Network’s Million Hearts® Program. Public Health Nursing, 33 (1) 53-64. DOI:10.1111/phn.12222

Cooper, J. & McCarter, K. (2014).  The Development of a Chronic Care Management Program for Older Adults. Public Health Nursing, 31(1) 36-43. DOI:10.1111/phn.12049

DeVandry, S. & Cooper, J. (2009). Mandating Nurse Staffing in Pennsylvania:  More Than a Numbers Game.  Journal of Nursing Administration, 39 (11), 470-478.