After graduating from Massasoit Community College, John Sciacca served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, West Africa. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts, a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawaii, an M.A. in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University, and Ph.D. in Health Education from Purdue University.
His professional experience includes 6 years as the Health Education and Administration Officer for the Center for Cultural and Technical Interchange Between East and West (The East-West Center) in Honolulu, 3 years as Health Advocate Program Coordinator for the Purdue University Hospital, and 11 years as Director of the Arizona Health Careers Opportunity Program. He has held appointments as Professor of Health Science at Northern Arizona University and Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona. His administrative experience includes University of Arizona appointment as an Associate Dean and service to Northern Arizona University as Chair, Department of Health Sciences, Executive Director, School of Health Professions, and Interim Dean, College of Health and Human Services.
Dr. Sciacca has served on the board of directors for several community and public health organizations including the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, the Arizona Public Health Association, the Coconino County Board of Health, and the National Peer Helpers Association. In 2000, he was elected to the American Academy of Health Behavior.