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Department of Public Health

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Dr. Christopher J. Mansfield's public health experience began with organizing a neighborhood health center in an underserved community as a VISTA Volunteer. He was an administrator in a public health department and a planner with comprehensive health planning agencies for 15 years before returning to school for doctoral studies in health administration and policy. His current research focuses on social determinants of health, the measurement of health disparities and life span, and descriptive epidemiology. His research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Family Practice, Archives of Family Medicine, Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Social Science and Medicine, and the North Carolina Medical Journal. He is an elected member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, a member of the North Carolina Public Health Association, the American Public Health Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. He has over 35 years of experience in the eastern North Carolina region in community diagnosis and community-based health interventions.  Dr. Mansfield coordinates the certificate program in Community Health Center Administration.



  • BA, Economics, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • MS, Public Management Science, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH)
  • PhD, Public Administration, Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)

Areas of Interest

  • Research Methods for Public Health Science
  • Behavioral, Social, and Environmental Determinants of Health
  • Health Administration
  • Health Disparities
Courses Taught (* currently)
  • MPH 6020 Research Methods*
  • MPH 6200 Community Health Organization and Leadership*
  • MPH 6991 Professional Paper I *
  • MPH 6992 Professional Paper II*
  • HUMS 6400 Social and Cultural Dimensions of Medical Practice
  • MPH 6000 Public Health Practice
  • COHE 6000 Health Care Systems and Problems
  • COHE 6100 Health Administration
  • COHE 6300 Health Law
  • NURS/COHE 6971 Health Policy

Website Links and Curriculum Vitae

Center for Health Systems Research and Development

Dr. Christopher J. Mansfield CV

Selected Publications

Mansfield C, Novick LF. Poverty and Health: Focus on North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal. 2012; 73(5):366-373. (Invited)

Pories WJ, Dohm LG, Mansfield CJ. Beyond the BMI: The Search for Better Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery. Obesity. 2010; 18:865-871.

Wilson JL, Mansfield CJ. Disease, death and the body politic: An Areal Interpolation Example for Political Epidemiology. International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research. 2010; 1(3):49-68.

Imai S, Mansfield CJ. Disparities in Motor Vehicle Crash Fatalities of Young Drivers in North Carolina, North Carolina Medical Journal. 2008; 69(3):182-187.

Mansfield CJ, Mitchell J, King DE. The Doctor as God's Mechanic? Beliefs of a Southeastern United States Population. Social Science and Medicine. 2002; 54(3):77-86.

Mansfield CJ, Kirk D, Curry M, Bobbitt-Cooke M. The Challenge of Eliminating Health Disparities in North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal. 2001; 62(1):19-25.

Mansfield CJ, Price J, Frush KS, Dallara J. Pediatric Emergencies in the Office: Are Family Physicians Prepared? The Journal of Family Practice. 2001; 50(9):757-761.

Mansfield CJ, Worthington RC, Curry MD. Primary Care in Eastern North Carolina: Past, Present, and Challenging Future. North Carolina Medical Journal. 2001; 62(3):26-30

Estrada CA, Mansfield CJ, Heudebert GR. Cost-Effectiveness of Low-Molecular-Weight-Heparin in the Treatment of Proximal Deep Vein Thrombosis. The Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2000; 15(Feb):108-115.

Mansfield CJ, Wilson JL, Kobrinski EJ, Mitchell J. Premature Mortality in the United States: The Roles of Geographic Area, Socioeconomic Status, Household Type, and Availability of Medical Care. American Journal of Public Health. 1999; 89(6):893-898.

Mansfield CJ, Prasad NH, Knight EA, Whitley TW, Allison EJ, Dinsdale V. Cost-effective follow-up strategies for hypertension referrals from the hospital emergency department. Carolina Health Services and Policy Review. 1997; 4:17-24.

Mansfield CJ, Hueston WJ, Rudy M. Neonatal circumcision: associated factors and length of hospital stay. The Journal of Family Practice. 1995; 41(4):370-376.

Mansfield CJ, Daniel HJ, Sumpter EA, Barnes J, Coggins DH, Young MJ. Mode de naissance et l'otite muqueuse (Manner of birth and otitis media). Archives Françaises de Pediatrie. 1993; 50:97‑100.