Charles Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Charles Rogers

Contact Info

Office Address:
717 Delaware St SE, Ste 166
Minneapolis, MN 55414

PhD, Texas A&M University

MPH, University of Minnesota

MS, Kennesaw State University


As a behavioral scientist and certified health education specialist (CHES), Dr. Rogers’ research agenda contributes to translational solutions that address the complex underpinnings of inequalities in colorectal cancer prevention and control among African American and other underserved men.

He has a master's degree in applied statistics, an MPH, in which, he focused on public health administration and policy, and a PhD in health education. His knowledge in these areas provides a unique perspective for translating research findings into prevention methods among government agencies, policy makers, private health care organizations, and communities. He has supplemented his education with more than 20 extensive research projects across the U.S.

Previously, Dr. Rogers served as a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Minnesota Cancer-Related Health Disparities Education and Career Development Program funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Rogers is also passionate about paying it forward and has received a number of awards that acknowledge his servant leadership (e.g., 100 Most Influential Black Alumni at North Carolina State University). 


Research Summary/Interests

  • Prevention and control of colorectal cancer
  • Men’s health disparities
  • Survey methodology
  • Behavioral and community-engaged interventions
  • Health policy
  • International capacity building

Research Funding Grants

2014-17, National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center of African American Men’s Health, co-investigator, "Evaluation of the Oncotype DX Assay in African American Men with Prostate Cancer"

2015-16, University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research, PI, "Quality Life-MN: A Dissemination-Intervention Framework for Reducing Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer among African Americans"

2014-15, University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center, PI, "A Progress Report of African American Men’s Intentions to Screen for Colorectal Cancer in Minnesota" 


Selected publications


Rogers CR, Robinson C, Johnson C, Obidike OJ, Sewali B, & Okuyemi KS. Colorectal Cancer Screening Uptake’s Association with Psychosocial and Sociodemographic Factors among Homeless Blacks and Whites [published online ahead of print Oct 4, 2017]. Health Education & Behavior. doi: 10.1177/1090198117734284.


Rogers CR, Goodson P, Obidike OJ. Measuring factors associated with colorectal cancer screening among young adult African American men: A psychometric study [published online ahead of print Nov 4, 2016]. J Immigr Minor Health. doi:10.1007/s10903-016-0523-y.

Robinson CD, Rogers CR, Okuyemi KS. Depression symptoms among homeless smokers: effect of motivational interviewing. Subst Use Misuse. 2016;51(10):1393-7.

Rogers CR, Goodson P, Dietz LR, Okuyemi KS. Predictors of intention to obtain colorectal cancer screening among African American men in a state fair setting [published online ahead of print May 8, 2016]. Am J Mens Health. doi: 10.1177/1557988316647942.


Rogers CR, Mitchell JA, Franta GJ, Foster MJ, Shires D. Masculinity, racism, social support, and colorectal cancer screening uptake among African American men: A systematic review [published online ahead of print Oct 15, 2015]. Am J Mens Health.

Ojo-Fati O, John F, Thomas J, …Rogers CR, et al. Integrating smoking cessation and alcohol use treatment in homeless populations: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2015;16:385.

Rogers CR, Goodson P, Foster MJ. Factors associated with colorectal cancer screening among younger African American men: a systematic review. J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2015;8(3):133-56.

2014 and older

Rogers CR, Goodson P. Male role norms, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of colorectal cancer screening among young adult African American men. Front Public Health. 2014;2:252.

Kaster EC, Rogers CR, Jeon KC, Rosen B. Getting to the heart of being the match: a qualitative analysis of bone marrow donor recruitment and retention among college students. Health Educ (Muncie). 2014;46(1):14-9.

Abiva J, Camacho E, Joseph E, Rogers CR, Shelton J, Wirkus, S. Alcohol’s Effect on Neuron Firing. The Mathematical Scientist. 2007;32(1),32-40.