Jeffery Zahavich, PhD, CEP, ChPC

Contributing Faculty, MHA Programs


St. Augustine, FL


College of Health Sciences


Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program


Sports Medicine


PhD in Health, Dalhousie University
MSc in Kinesiology - Health & Exercise Physiology, University of Calgary
BSc in Health Promotion, Dalhousie University
BSc in Kinesiology, Dalhousie University

Research Interests

Physical literacy development
School health policy
Qualitative research methods

Dr. Jeffery Zahavich has a background in health promotion, exercise science and applied health research with more than 15 years of experience developing evidence-based health, fitness and wellness programs for a broad range of high- and low-performing populations of all ages. He has formal training in university teaching and learning, advanced exercise physiology testing and prescription, sport coaching, motivational interviewing and lifestyle counseling.

Dr. Zahavich is a Kinesiology Instructor in the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University and a Coach Educator/Learning Facilitator with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) with the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC). He also holds the Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) designation from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP). Dr. Zahavich’s research interests include adolescent physical literacy, healthy school policy, systems change, population health and chronic disease prevention.

His teaching and research program aims to bridge the gap between health promotion theory and applied kinesiology with respect to physical activity programs and initiatives for various target populations. Dr. Zahavich joined USAHS in July 2021.