Charles R. Rogers, PhD, MPH, MS

Research Interests

  • Cancer Health Disparities
  • Inequities in Men’s Health
  • Behavioral & Community-Based Implementation Science
  • Mixed Methods
  • Survey Methodology


  • English
  • Spanish

Academic Information

  • Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Public Health

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-5752
  • Department of Family & Preventive Medicine
    375 Chipeta Way, Room: Suite A
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Research Statement

As a behavioral scientist and master certified health education specialist (MCHES®), Dr. Charles R. Rogers currently serves as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine. In addition to serving as Founding Director of his Men’s Health Inequities Research Lab, Dr. Rogers is also an Associate Member of Huntsman Cancer Institute. He joined the Utah community in June 2018 after 4.5 years at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he was an Assistant Professor (Division of Health Disparities), Masonic Cancer Center member, and National Cancer Institute-funded postdoctoral fellow (focused on cancer-related health disparities and community-based participatory research).

Since racial inequalities in health are extensive in the U.S., Dr. Rogers is committed to serving medically underserved and minority populations. His transdisciplinary training in applied mathematics and statistics, health education, and public health administration & policy, provide a unique perspective for translating research findings into prevention methods among government agencies, policy makers, private health care organizations, and communities. As an emerging leader of the cancer health disparities workforce, Dr. Rogers has shared his knowledge across North America, Jamaica, East Africa, Japan, and also via a number of venues including newspapers, radio stations, national conferences, minority health fairs, and television.

Dr. Rogers’ research agenda contributes to translational solutions that address the complex underpinnings of inequalities in men’s health, with a current focus on colorectal cancer awareness and prevention among African-American men. His research foci also include cancer health disparities, behavioral & community-based implementation science, mixed methods, and survey methodology. Dr. Rogers’ capabilities and potential have been recognized locally and nationally by the receipt of several competitive scholarships, grant awards, and fellowships aimed at strengthening his knowledge and skills for a life-long career in health equity research. For instance, Dr. Rogers was awarded nearly $900K from the National Cancer Institute in 2018 for his #CuttingCRC study focused on developing a barbershop-based intervention on masculinity barriers to care and CRC screening completion among African-American men using mixed methods (K01CA234319). Furthermore, Dr. Rogers’ underpinning research is quite noteworthy as the majority has focused on men younger than the recommended CRC screening age of 50 by US Preventive Services Task Force. Based on current trends, CRC incidence rates among those ages 20-34 are predicted to increase 90%-124% by 2030, and 28%-46% among Americans ages 35-49. Moreover, the American Cancer Society updated their guidelines for recommended CRC screening from age 50 to age 45 on May 30, 2018, in direct response to the increase in incidence of early age onset CRC. Dr. Rogers’ hope is that disparities in cancer incidence and mortality among underrepresented male groups juxtaposed to their white counterparts will decrease as a result of his contributions.

Since he is passionate about paying it forward, Dr. Rogers has also received a number of honors acknowledging his servant leadership (e.g., 100 Most Influential Black Alumni at NC State University). To learn more, visit or follow Dr. Rogers on Twitter: @crrogersPhD.

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Public Health Administration & Policy
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Minnesota Medical School
Cancer-Related Health Disparities & Community-Based Participatory Research
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training Texas A&M University
Health Education
Graduate Training Kennesaw State University
Applied Statistics
Undergraduate North Carolina State University
Applied Mathematics; Accounting Minor

Global Impact


Description Country
Guest Expert Trainer International Leadership Institute Expert Mission Training Program Eldoret & Kisumu, Kenya, Africa Eastern Africa
Guest Speaker & Panelist. (2016, November). Inaugural Caribbean and Latin America Diplomatic Health Forum, Christar Villas Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica. Guest Speaker. (2016, November). Advancements in Medicine and Health Conference 2016, Christar Villas Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica.   Jamaica

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Rogers CR, Matthews P, Xu L, Boucher K, Riley C, Huntington M, Le Duc N, Okuyemi KS, Foster MJ (2020). Interventions for increasing colorectal cancer screening uptake among African-American men: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE, 15(9), e0238354.
  2. Xu L, Rogers CR, Halliday TM, Wu Q, Wilmouth L (2020). Correlates of Physical Activity, Psychosocial Factors, and Home Environment Exposure among U.S. Adolescents: Insights for Cancer Risk Reduction from the FLASHE Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(16).
  3. Rogers CR, Moore JX, Qeadan F, Gu LY, Huntington MS, Holowatyj AN (2020). Examining factors underlying geographic disparities in early-onset colorectal cancer survival among men in the United States. Am J Cancer Res, 10(5), 1592-1607.
  4. Rogers CR, Blackburn BE, Huntington M, Curtin K, Thorpe RJ Jr, Rowe K, Snyder J, Deshmukh V, Newman M, Fraser A, Smith K, Hashibe M (2020). Rural-urban disparities in colorectal cancer survival and risk among men in Utah: a statewide population-based study. Cancer Causes Control, 31(3), 241-253.
  5. Holowatyj, A N, Langston, M E, Han, Y, Viskochil, R, Perea, J, Cao, Y, Rogers CR, Lieu, C H, Moore, J X (2020). Community health behaviors and geographic variation in early-onset colorectal cancer survival among women. Clin Transl Gastroenterol, 11(12).
  6. Bliss, J, Mensah, N A, Rogers CR, Stanford, J B, VanDerslice, J, Schliep, K C (2020). The Baby- Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI): An Early Cross-Sectional Analysis of PRAMS Phase 8 Data on Hospital Practices and Breastfeeding Outcomes in Utah and Wyoming. Utah Womens Health Rev.
  7. Xu, L, Odum, M, Rogers CR, Wu, Q, Wilmouth, M L (2020). Association between family/neighborhood cancer risk factors and adolescent dietary behaviors: A parent-adolescent dyadic analysis. Am J Lifestyle Med.
  8. Rogers, T N, Rogers CR, VanSant-Webb, E, Gu, L Y, Yan, B, Qeadan, F (2020). Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Mortality among Essential Workers in the United States. World Medical & Health Policy.
  9. Azagba, S, Lingpeng, S, Latham, K, Rogers CR, Qeadan, F (2020). Single cigarette purchasers among adult U.S. smokers. Prev Med Rep, 17(101055).
  10. Hu Q, Lee J, Nelson J, Harris M, Ess RH, Rogers CR, Sanders J, VanDerslice J, Stanford JB, Schliep KC (2020). The association between preconception body mass index and subfertility among Hispanic and non-Hispanic women: A cross-sectional study from Utah's Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System survey (2012-2015). Utah Womens Health Rev, 2020.
  11. Obidike OJ, Rogers CR, Caspi CE (2019). Examining Colorectal Cancer Risk Awareness and Food Shelf Use Among Health Center Patients. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities, 6(5), 1021-1029.
  12. Rogers CR, Okuyemi K, Paskett ED, Thorpe RJ Jr, Rogers TN, Hung M, Zickmund S, Riley C, Fetters MD (2019). Study protocol for developing #CuttingCRC: a barbershop-based trial on masculinity barriers to care and colorectal cancer screening uptake among African-American men using an exploratory sequential mixed-methods design. BMJ Open, 9(7), e030000.
  13. Obidike, O J, Rogers, C R, Caspi, C E (2019). Examining Colorectal Cancer Risk Awareness and Food Shelf Use among Health Center Patients. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities.
  14. Rogers TN, Rogers CR (2018). Social Services Professionals’ Views of Barriers to Supporting Homeless Non-Custodial Fathers: A Qualitative Inquiry. Fam Relat, 68, 39-50.
  15. Rogers CR, Rovito MJ, Hussein M, Obidike OJ, Pratt R, Alexander M, Berge JM, DallEra M, Nix JW, Warlick C (2018). Attitudes Toward Genomic Testing and Prostate Cancer Research Among Black Men. Am J Prev Med, 55(5 Suppl 1), S103-S111.
  16. Rogers CR, Obidike OJ, Wallington SF, Hussein M, Mahamed ZA, Sampson J (2018). A qualitative study of barriers and enablers associated with colorectal cancer screening among Somali men in Minnesota. Ethn Health, 1-18.
  17. Rogers CR, Goodson P, Dietz LR, Okuyemi KS (2018). Predictors of Intention to Obtain Colorectal Cancer Screening Among African American Men in a State Fair Setting. Am J Mens Health, 12(4), 851-862.
  18. Felder TM, Braun KL, Wigfall L, Sevoyan M, Vyas S, Khan S, Brandt HM, Rogers C, Tanjasiri S, Armstead CA, Hebert JR (2018). Mentoring, Training, and Scholarly Productivity Experiences of Cancer-Related Health Disparities Research Trainees: Do Outcomes Differ for Underrepresented Scientists?LID - 10.1007/s13187-018-1322-z [doi]. (Epub ahead of print) J Cancer Educ.
  19. Rogers CR, Goodson P, Obidike OJ (2018). Measuring Factors Associated with Colorectal Cancer Screening among Young Adult African American Men: A Psychometric Study. J Immigr Minor Health, 20(1), 101-106.
  20. Rogers CR, Robinson CD, Arroyo C, Obidike OJ, Sewali B, Okuyemi KS (2017). Colorectal Cancer Screening Uptake's Association With Psychosocial and Sociodemographic Factors Among Homeless Blacks and Whites. Health Educ Behav, 44(6), 928-936.
  21. Phillips KL, Rogers CR, Aiken-Morgan AT (2017). Perceptions of Chronic Disease Among Older African Americans: A Qualitative Analysis. J Health Dispar Res Pract, 10(4), 52-60.
  22. Rogers CR, Mitchell JA, Franta GJ, Foster MJ, Shires D (2017). Masculinity, Racism, Social Support, and Colorectal Cancer Screening Uptake Among African American Men: A Systematic Review. Am J Mens Health, 11(5), 1486-1500.
  23. Robinson CD, Rogers CR, Okuyemi KS (2016). Depression Symptoms Among Homeless Smokers: Effect of Motivational Interviewing. Subst Use Misuse, 51(10), 1393-7.
  24. Rogers CR, Goodson P, Foster MJ (2015). Factors Associated with Colorectal Cancer Screening among Younger African American Men: A Systematic Review. J Health Dispar Res Pract, 8(3), 133-156.
  25. Ojo-Fati O, John F, Thomas J, Joseph AM, Raymond NC, Cooney NL, Pratt R, Rogers CR, Everson-Rose SA, Luo X, Okuyemi KS (2015). Integrating smoking cessation and alcohol use treatment in homeless populations: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 16, 385.
  26. Kaster EC, Rogers CR, Jeon KC, Rosen B (2014). Getting to the Heart of Being the Match: A Qualitative Analysis of Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment and Retention Among College Students. Health Educ (Muncie), 46(1), 14-19.
  27. Rogers CR, Goodson P (2014). Male Role Norms, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of Colorectal Cancer Screening among Young Adult African American Men. Front Public Health, 2, 252.
  28. Abiva J, Camacho E, Joseph E, Mikaelian A, Rogers CR, Shelton J, Wirkus S (2007). The Effect of Alcohol on Neuron Firing. Math Sci, 32(1), 32-40.


  1. Kun, L M (2020). Fighting to prevent cancer for the medically underserved through 5 For The Fight, the cancer crowdfunding campaign and patch partner of the Utah Jazz. 5 For The Fight. [Web].
  2. Dollemore, D (2020). Deaths Among Black Essential Workers Linked to Racial Disparities [Web]. University of Utah Health.
  3. Rogers CR (2020). Who will help us fight for The Black Panther’s legacy? [Web]. Fight Colorectal Cancer (Fight CRC).
  4. Bright, A (2020). To Reduce Colorectal Cancer Disparities among African American Men, More Intervention Research Is Urgently Needed. [Web]. Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  5. Bright, A (2020). A Study of Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer in Young Adult Men Reveals “Hotspots” of Death in the United States [Web]. Huntsman Cancer Institute.
  6. Bonell, A, Rogers, CR, Marietti, M (2019). Guest Radio Speaker. (2019, March). Feedback with Abby Bonell. Interviewed by Abby Bonell [radio], additional speaker included Morgan Marietti (American Cancer Society), iHeartRadio; Salt Lake City, UT. [Podcast]. iHeart Radio.
  7. Rogers, CR (2019). Professional Website [Web]. Available:
  8. Rogers, CR, Cabey, A, Jones, A (2019). Guest TV Panelist. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Problem with Health Care, and How One Utah Doctor is Trying to Fix It. Other panelist included Ava Cabey (Harland Clarke Diversity & Inclusion Council). Interviewed by Amanda Jones [TV;], Fox 13’s The Place; Salt Lake City, UT. [Video].
  9. Cohen, RD (2018). Distrust Of Health Care System May Keep Black Men Away From Prostate Cancer Research. [Web]. National Public Radio (NPR).
  10. Rogers CR (2016, July 20). Prince’s home state: the land of 10,000 disparities [Web]. Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. Available:
  11. Rogers, CR, Ehlinger, E, Hayden, J, Gillette, D (2015). Guest TV Panelist. (2015, March). Google Hangout Chat-Back focusing on Racial Disparities in Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis. Other panelist included Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH (Minnesota) and Senator Jeff Hayden (DFL; Minnesota District 62). Interviewed by producer David Gillette [TV;], Twin Cities Public Television; St. Paul, MN. [Video].
  12. Rogers CR (2015, January 6). Colon Cancer: the disease no one has to die from [Web]. Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. Available:
  13. Rogers (2014, December 12). Minnesota should lower the recommended colon cancer screening age for African Americans [Web]. MinnPost. Available:
  14. Rogers CR (2013, June 7). Writing Success 101: Accountability Breeds Responsibility [Web]. P.O.W.E.R. Writing Support Services. Available:
  15. Rogers CR (2013, May 1). National Cancer Control Month: It’s all about Prevention! [Web]. Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues. Available: