Associate Professor



John Clements PhotoPublic Health Focus/Interests:

Before joining the MPH program at MSU, Dr. Clements was an assistant professor at Central Michigan University’s College of Medicine as one of the founding faculty members. At CMU, he was involved in developing curriculum, creating course and program evaluation systems, mentoring students in health outcomes research, and teaching topics ranging from ethics and professionalism to research design and social determinants of health. His prior experience includes 14 years working in various capacities in medical education, overseeing undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, as well as developing research and international programming for medical students and residents. Dr. Clements’ research interests include a current focus on health outcomes research related to diabetes disparities, developing work related to the influence of environmental exposures and social determinants of health on health outcomes, and an ongoing interest in how religious beliefs influence attitudes about science and the environment.



Doctor of Philosophy, Sociology (Spec. in Environmental Science and Policy), 2013
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Master of Public Administration, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 2000
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI

Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1989
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI


Public Health Courses Taught:

HM 802: Biostatistics for Public Health

HM 807: Practical Application and Critical Thinking Synthesis in Public Health

HM 878: Applied Biostatistics for Public Health Practitioners


Professional Experience/Expertise:

Mentor for 100+ student and resident health outcomes/clinical research projects

Course and curriculum evaluation

Founding faculty member of Central Michigan University College of Medicine


Professional Activities or Current Research:

Principal Investigator for “Disparities in Diabetes Comorbidities and Multiple Chronic Conditions,” R15 Grant for $432,884 from National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Interactions of social determinants of health and environmental exposures on health outcomes

The effects of religious affiliation, beliefs, and behaviors on attitudes about environmental attitudes, and science and technology, including emerging healthcare technologies.


Recent Publications, Presentations:

Alghanem, Fares and John M Clements. 2019. “Narrowing Performance Gap between Rural and Urban Hospitals for Acute Myocardial Infarction.” The American Journal of Emergency Medicine

Caso, Marcello and John M Clements. 2019. “Cobb Angle for Scoliosis: Assessing a novel method of calculation.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 46(6):430-8.

Clements, John M. and Stephanie J Rhynard. 2018. “In-hospital Mortality, Length of Stay and Discharge Disposition in a Cohort of Rural and Urban Native Americans.” American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 25(3):78-91,

Clements, John M. 2018. “Measuring Actual Payment for Biodiversity Protection: The Influence of Religiously and Scientifically Framed Messages.” Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology. DOI:10.1163/15685357-02203100.

Griffin, Daniel P, Marie C Matte, John M Clements, Elizabeth A Palmer, Laurie Bahlke, Jessica J Gardon Rose, and Lisa A Slavati. 2016. “From Introduction to Integration: Providing Community Engaged Structure for Interprofessional Education.” Journal of Medical Education and Curricular Development 3:139-148, DOI: 10.4137/JMECD.S30368.

Clements, John M. 2016. “The Influence of Religiously and Scientifically Framed Messages on Agreement with Water Use Restrictions.” Social Sciences 5, 76; doi:10.3390/socsci5040076.

Clements, John M., Aaron M. McCright, Thomas Dietz, Sandra Marquart-Pyatt. 2015. “A Behavioural Measure of Environmental Decision Making for Social Surveys.” Environmental Sociology 1(1):27-37, doi: 10.1080/23251042.2015.1020466

Clements, John M., Aaron M. McCright, and Chenyang Xiao. 2014. “An Examination of the ‘Greening of Christianity’ Thesis within the U.S. General Public, 1993-2010.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53(2):373-391.

Clements, John M., Aaron M. McCright, and Chenyang Xiao. 2013. “Green Christians?: An Empirical Examination of Environmental Concern within the U.S. General Public.” Organization and Environment 27:85-102. Text

Serio, Stephen, John M. Clements, Dawn Grauf and Aziz Merchant. 2013. “Outcomes Of Diabetic and Non-diabetic Patients Undergoing General and Vascular Surgery.” ISRN Surgery

Yanquez, Federico J, John M. Clements, Dawn Grauf, Aziz Merchant. 2013. “Synergistic Effect of Age and BMI on Mortality and Morbidity in General Surgery.” Journal of Surgical Research 184(1):89-100.

Knapps, Jean, Maher Ghanem, John M. Clements, Aziz M Merchant. 2013. “A Systematic Review of Staple-Line Reinforcement in Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy.” Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 17(3):390-399.

Kim, Ryan, Norbert Baumgartner, and John M. Clements. 2012. “Routine Left Atrial Appendage Ligation During Cardiac Surgery May Prevent Postoperative Atrial Fibrillation Related Cerebrovascular Accident.” The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 145(2):582-589.

Lule, Enoch, Erika Iddings, Lochana Manandhar, Bala Grandhi, and John M. Clements. 2012. “Utility of Analgesic and Anxiolytic Medication Dose during Colonoscopy in Identifying Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.” ISRN Gastroenterology doi: 10.5402/2012/969015.

Agarwal, Rishi, Paramveer Saluja, Angela Pham, Karen Ledbetter, Sukhveer Bains, Seema Varghese, John M. Clements, Young H Kim. 2012. “The Effect of Cyberknife Therapy on Pulmonary Function Tests used for Treating Non-small Cell Lung Cancer: A Retrospective, Observational Cohort Pilot Study.” Cancer Management and Research 4:347-350.