Srijana Bajracharya

Srijana Bajracharya

Professor and Chair Graduate Program, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education
Faculty, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Faculty, Graduate Study in Health Promotion and Physical Education

Specialty:Health Promotion and Physical Education
Phone:(607) 274-3411
Office:G58 Hill Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


  • Ph.D., Health Education, Southern Illinois University, IL
  • Ph.D., Fisheries Biology, Auburn University, AL
  • M.S., Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • B.S., Trichandra Campus, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

Honors and Awards

  • Awarded London Sabbatical Program.  Completed teaching  a course on Sustainability Living: A Holistic Approach to Health in London Center(Spring, 2016)
  • Faculty Excellence Award, Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, Ithaca College, 2014
  • Best Paper Award, Academy of Business Research Conference, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2013.
  • Awarded Dean’s Excellence Award in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service, Ithaca College, 2012.
  • Nominated for American Association of Health Education (AAHE) Distinguished Service Award, 2010.
  • Promoted to full professor, Ithaca College, (2009) 
  • Awarded tenure, Ithaca College, (2007)
  • Nominated for Excellence in Teaching Award, Ithaca College, (2006)
  • University of Maine at Presque Isle Community Award, UMPI Board of Visitors, (2002)
  • Interdisciplinary Teamwork, Leadership, and Student Mentoring Award, Interdisciplinary Training for Health Care for Rural Areas (ITHCRA) Project (2001)
  • Trustees' Professorship Award, University of Maine System (2000)
  • Nominated for Distinguished Teaching Award, University of Maine at Presque Isle (1998)
  • Awarded tenure, University of Maine at Presque Isle, 1997
  • First Place Awards, poster sessions, Research Symposium American College Health Association, Annual Meetings (1991 and 1992)
  • Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education (initiated 1991)
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Scholastic Honor Society (initiated 1991)
  • Eta Sigma Gamma, National Professional Honorary for Men and Women in Health Science (initiated 1988)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society for Agriculture (initiated 1983)
  • Fulbright Scholar, Graduate study in Fish Ecology, Auburn University (1980-1981)
  • Gold Medal for Scholastic Excellence, awarded by King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, Nepal (1974)

Courses Taught


  • Sustainable Living: A Holistic Approach to Health
  • Personal Health
  • Wellness: A Multicultural Perspective of Health and Healing
  • Development and Evaluation of Health Programs
  • Introduction to Health Education
  • Professional Leadership in Health
  • Community Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Human Sexuality
  • Faculty Sponsored Research


  • Epidemiological Approaches to Disease Prevention and Control
  • Grant Writing
  • Environmental Dimensions in Health Education 
  • Critical Perspective on Health and Physical Activity
  • Advanced Methods and Practices in Community Health Education

Research Interests

  • Sustainability
  • Community needs assessment
  • Program evaluation
  • Sexuality
  • Women's health
  • Substance abuse
  • Minority health

Recent Grants

  • Awarded Sabbatical Leave for 2015-2016 Academic Year. A Cross-Cultural Assessment of Pro-Environmental Sustatianability Behaviors and Policies. Spring, 2016
  • ICC Collaborative Mini-Grant, $1,400.00 with Kathryn Caldwell, to collaborate two undergraduate courses teaching strategies: Sustainable Living: A Holistic Approach to Health (HLTH 21400) and Conservation Psychology (PSYC 235), Completed, spring, 2015.
  • Academic Challenge Funding Grant, $850.00 with students Sarita Paudel and Namrata Ojha, funded to support Strategies for Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Prevention workshop in Ithaca College, funded, 2014. Completed in spring 2015.
  • Academic Project Grant $750.00, funded to support Know 2 Be Well, a breast cancer education program, in Ithaca College, 2013. With Nahed Ali.
  • Partnership in Teaching Program Clynes Collaboration Grant, Ithaca College Sustainability Education: A Collaborative Project with Ithaca College, CayugaNature Center and South Hill Elementary School, Submitted in December, 2012.
  • Applying Science to Sustainability Grant, $1.000.00, Sustainable Health, Ithaca College-EcoVillage at Ithaca Partnership for Sustainability, $1,000.00, 2011
  • Summer Research Grant, An Evaluation Study of Outdoor Tobacco Smoking Policy in the City of Ithaca, 3,350.00, Ithaca College, 2011
  • Creative, Collaborative, and Community Service Project Grant, $750.00, Ithaca College, 2010
  • Academic Project Grant, $750.00.  Examining the College and University Community’s Perceptions of the Teaching Competencies of Faculty Members with English as a Second Language (ESL): A Pilot Study, Co-authored. Ithaca College, 2007
  • Creative, Collaborative, and Community Service Project Grant, $495.00, Ithaca College, 2006.
  • Applying Science to Sustainability Grant, $1.000.00, Sustainable Health, Ithaca College-EcoVillage at Ithaca Partnership for Sustainability, Ithaca College, 2006
  • Creative, Collaborative, and Community Service Project Grant, Ithaca College, 2005
  • Summer Research Grant, An Assessment of Knowledge Regarding Colorectal Cancer (CRC) and Perceived Benefits and Barriers to Screening for CRC among College/University Employees, Ithaca College. 2005
  • Collaborative NIH Grant with Cornell University: Family food decision-making: linking food systems and health outcomes, Spring, 2005, not funded.
  • The Instructional Development Fund, Attending a Pre-Convention Continuing Education Session on Environmental Health. Ithaca College, Fall 2004
  • Faculty Development Grant, Health Sciences and Human Performance, Ithaca College 2004
  • Academic Project Grant, Ithaca College, 2003
  • Gerontology Institute Faculty Grant, Ithaca College, 2003
  • Maine Campus Compact, $3,000.00 annually, The Learn and Serve America: Higher Education Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (2001-2003).
  • Collaborative community and school health promotion program for the reduction of tobacco use and tobacco related chronic disease.  Co-authored and participated, Maine Bureau of Health, $325,800.00 (2001-2002).
  • Trustees' Professorship Award, $5,000.00.  An assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding menopausal issues among women living in Maine. (2000 -2001).
  • Maine Campus Compact, Service-Learning in Rural Area Program, Improving awareness of multifaceted issues of substance use and violence, $5,000.00 Integrated two health education and one criminal justice class to design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive “Drug and Violence Awareness” event for school personnel. (2000).

Selected Publications

  • Bajracharya, S.M. (2017). Knowledge, Perceived Benefits and Barriers of College Employees Regarding Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening:  A Replication Study.  The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2017, pp.99-113. 

  • Bajracharya, S.M. and Maskey, V. (2016). Knowledge, Perceptions, and Behavior towards Sustainability: A Comparative Analysis.  International Journal of Sustainability Education. Vol 12 (3), 1-14. doi:10.18848/2325-1212/CGP

  • Bajracharya, S.M. & Wigglesworth, J.K. (2013). Colorectal Cancer Screening: Knowledge, Perceived Benefits and Barriers, and Intentions among College an University. American Journal of Health Education.44:2,88-95.

  • Constantinou, P., Bajracharya, S. M., & Baldwin, S. (2011). Perceptions Regarding International Faculty in the United States Colleges. The International Journal of Science in Society, 2, Number 3, 2011,

  • Bajracharya, S.M. (2009).  Emphasizing sustainable health and wellness in a health education curriculum.  American Journal of Health Education, 40, 56-64.

  • Bajracharya, S. M. (2008). Community-Based Health Education Intervention: A Service-Learning Approach. Forum on Public Policy. Available at:

  • Bajracharya, S. M.  (2006-2007). An assessment of the perceived barriers and strategies to promote early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC): A practitioners’ perspective. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 26 (1), 23-44.
  • Bajracharya, S. M., Bentley, M.  (2006). Health Status of Immigrants from Nepal in the  United States: Preliminary Findings and Methodological Issues.  International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 9, 92-107.
  • Bajracharya, S. M., Bell. C. & Bowler, S. (2004).  Partnership for a healthy community: A tobacco prevention program in Central Aroostook County (CAC).  American Journal of Health Education, 35, 301-304. 
  • Bajracharya, S.M.(1999).  Employer’s perceived importance and use of skills that are specific to health educators: A replication study in a rural setting. International Electronic Journal of Health Education, 2, 59-65
  • Bajracharya, S.M., Sarvela, P.D., & Isberner, F.R. (1995).  A retrospective study of first sexual intercourse experiences among undergraduates. Journal of American College Health, 43, 169-177
  • Sarvela, P.D., McDermott, R.J., Hoalt, P.N., Bajracharya, S.M., Marty, P.J., & Emery, E.M.  (1992). A multivariate assessment of high school student cigarette use, Journal of School Health, 62, 146-150.
  • Sarvela, P.D., Holcomb, D.R., Huetteman, J.K., Bajracharya, S.M., & Odulana, J.A.  (1991). A university employee health promotion program needs assessment.  Health Education, 22, 116-120.
  • Sarvela, P.D., Doidge-Huetteman, J.K., & Bajracharya, S.M. (1990).  Needs assessment for a university wellness center: A strategic planning project.  Health Values, 14, May/June, 24-32.
  • Sarvela, P.D., Pape, D.J., Odulana, J. & Bajracharya, S. (1990). Drinking, drug use, and driving among rural youth.  Journal of School Health, 60, 215-219.


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