Jennifer Cooper

Jennifer cooper
  • Undergraduate Faculty

Assistant Professor of Nursing

Faculty Athletic Representative

Rosenstock Hall, Room 29


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 of the Association of Public Health Nurses where I also work with the national Million Hearts initiative.  I currently lead Hood Million Hearts at Hood College and in the greater Frederick community.


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

Professional Highlights


Awards & Recognitions

Hood College 2021 Summer Research Institute (Public Health in Action: The Frederick County Community Health Assessment Process)

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 - present)

Association of Public Health Nurses

  • Million Hearts® Collaboration (2015 - present)
  • Association of State & Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts® State and Local Hypertension Focused Model (2018)
  • Association of State & Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts® State Learning Collaborative (2014 - 2017)
  • American Association on Health & Disability Breast Cancer Awareness for Women with Disabilities (2016 - 2019)


Cooper, J. (2021). An Academic-Practice Partnership to Advance Million Hearts®.  Journal of Nursing Education, 60(2): 103-106

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.