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Libby Yost

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Public Health Minor

B.A.  2005-  Birmingham-Southern College

M.A.  2008-  University of Alabama at Birmingham (Sociology)

Ph.D. 2012-  University of Alabama at Birmingham (Medical Sociology and Gerontology)


Dr. Yost’s research specializes in technology and health as well as quality of life issues in older adult populations. Her research evaluates how different technologies can be utilized in older adult populations to maintain physical, mental, and emotional health. Currently, she is evaluating the differences between rural and urban older adult populations and their use of technology.


Recent Publications:

  • Yost, Elizabeth, and Marianne Sade. “Research as Inquiry” In Framing Health Care Instruction: An Information Literacy Handbook for Health Sciences. Roman and Littlefield. Chapter accepted. Book to be published Fall 2019.


  • Berkowsky, Ronald, Elizabeth Yost and Shelia Cotten. “Using Technology to Enhance Resiliency Among Older Adults.” In Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research and Outcomes. 2nd ed. Edited by Barbara Resnick, Lisa P. Gwyther, and Karen Roberto. 2018.



Courses Offered Annually or Biannually:

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 171: Introduction to Public Health
  • SOC 271: Global Health Disparities
  • SOC 306: Research Methods


Special Topics Courses Offered:

  • SOC 494: Sociology of Aging
  • FYS101: Health and Technology


(Courses in bold denote those that fulfill the Public Health Minor)

Academic Service

Board of Directors- Member at Large- Southern Gerontological Society


Community Service

Board of Directors- Homeports of Chestertown, MD

Board of Directors- Arc of Northern Virginia