ECU and Community Health
- With over 27,000 students, East Carolina University is the 3rd largest university in the University of North Carolina system. Our motto servire, to serve, embodies our commitment and promise to the region and state we serve. With a long tradition of leadership, our focus on Health, Health Care and Medical Innovation, is one of our five strategic directions.
- Our commitment is interdisciplinary and university-wide. Within the Health Sciences Division, the Brody School of Medicine, College of Allied Health Sciences, College of Nursing, and new Dental School are focused on training the most needed health professionals. Our medical care and research address the most important problems, and we are committed to eliminating health disparities. The School of Medicine is ranked 7th of 141 US medical schools in fulfilling social mission,¹ 6th in emphasizing primary care, and 9th in rural medicine. US News and World Report.²
- The medical school has remained committed to the mission it was given: train primary care physicians for North Carolina, increase opportunities for under-represented minorities to enter the health professions, and improve the health of the eastern region.
- Community health improvement is a high priority for the Department of Public Health. It is focused on training leaders who will transform the health care system and has a very active community participatory research agenda.
- The College of Allied Health Sciences is the largest university provider of allied health professionals in North Carolina and 85 percent work in the state. It was the first allied health school in the state to offer doctoral degrees.
- The Department of Health Services and Information Management in the College of Allied Health Sciences focuses on improving health services by teaching principles and practices of their effective and efficient delivery at the community level.
1 Adashi EY, Gieger HJ, Fine MD. Health Care Reform and Primary Care – The growing importance of the Community Health Center. New England Journal of Medicine 2010; 362:1952-1955.
2 US News and World Report.