Dr Rachel Cole has a background in health promotion, epidemiology and exercise physiology. Before joining the University of the Sunshine Coast, Dr Cole held various public health positions in the public sector for nearly 15 years. Her roles have included health promotion, state and regional strategic planning, epidemiology, and research and evaluation.
Dr Cole completed her PhD (Public Health in behavioural epidemiology, Cancer Prevention Research Centre, The University of Queensland with Prof Neville Owen) in 2008, while working as a health promotion practitioner. Her main areas of work have been in chronic disease prevention specifically related to physical activity health promotion and behavioural epidemiology. Dr Cole is a member of the International Society for Physical Activity and Health, the Council for Physical Activity and the Environment, and the Australian Association of Health Promotion. Her current research interests include examination of policy and neighbourhood environment attributes conducive to active healthy lifestyles, the health consequences of active transport and sedentary behaviours, and teaching epidemiology and health promotion.