Sergio Costa, PhD, MSEd

Director of Distance Learning

University of Nebraska Medical Center
College of Public Health


  • PhD Political Science, Boston University, 2007
  • MA Political Science, Boston College, 1998
  • BA Political Science, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1996
  • MSEd Instructional Technology, University of Nebraska, 2013

Professional Summary  

Dr. Costa has over 15 years experience in e-learning and online education. He worked in the private sector in Boston leading a nation-wide learning solutions service. He oversees all of the learning and educational technology in the college. Dr. Costa is an alumnus of the Great Plains Public Health Leadership Institute. His interests include education policy, global education, education as a catalyst for change, lifelong learning, learning theory, and following the development of innovative technologies. Dr. Costa served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Omaha Public Library. In 2011, Dr. Costa was appointed Director of Distance Education for the Great Plains Public Health Training Center, an entity serving the professional needs of the public health workforce of Nebraska.

Publications & Manuscript Submissions

  • Huang, TK, JH Cawley, M Ashe, JD, SA Costa, LM Frerichs, L Zwicker, D Levy, R Hammond, S Kumanyika. (2013) “Mobilising Policy Action for Obesity Prevention: A Framework of the Supply of and Demand for Change.” The Lancet (in review)
  • Joshi, A, J Meza, SA Costa, DM Puricelli Perin, K Trout, A Rayamajhi. (2013) “A needs assessment to develop and evaluate Information Technology-enabled Community Outreach, Academia, Research, Education and Support survey (IT-CARES): A case study”. Perspectives in Health Information Management, 10 (Fall)
  • Puricelli Perin, DM, LM Frerichs, AG Ramirez, SA Costa, TK Huang. (2014) “Public Opinions on Childhood Obesity and Related Policies among Latinos and Whites” Journal of Obesity (accepted)
  • Roberto, CA,B Swinburn,C Hawkes, TTK Huang, SA Costa,M Ashe,L Zwicker, JH Cawley, KD Brownell. (2014) “Patchy Progress On Obesity Prevention: Emerging Exemplars, Entrenched Barriers, and New Thinking.” The Lancet (in review)



Contact Sergio Costa
Sergio Costa - College of Public Health at UNMC
984355 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4355
Phone: 402-559-1061