Since the beginning of the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) graduate certificate online program, we have established a consistent pattern of research activities through various scholarly outlets such as conferences or professional academic journals. Here are a few of the highlights of our ERHD research during the past five years:
Eric Bailey, Justin Moore, Shanekia Joyner
Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Published online. September 30, 2015. DOI 10.1007/s40615-015-0153-4. Hardcopy publication in 2016.
Abstract: In the fall 2010, East Carolina University’s Department of Public Health in the Brody School of Medicine introduced a new graduate certificate online program to its curriculum – the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) program. By the spring 2014, the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) program graduated 20 public health professionals with expertise in ethnic and rural health disparities. In order to examine its effectiveness, we conducted a qualitative and quantitative study of our graduates. The major objectives of our ERHD alumni study were: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of the ERHD program, and (2) to assess new strategies for improving our ERHD program. Quantitative and qualitative results from our small sample of alumni indicate that the ERHD program is fulfilling its objectives. The ERHD program has developed a new online strategy in teaching racial and ethnic health and health disparities for public health professionals who are ready to not only address health disparities in a different approach but also ready to develop new culturally competent public health programs for increasing diverse racial, ethnic, and rural populations in the U.S.A.
M. Renee Umstattd Meyer, PhD, MCHES; Justin B. Moore, PhD, MS, FACSM; Christiaan Abildso, PhD, MPH; Michael B. Edwards, PhD; Abigail Gamble, PhD; Monica L. Baskin, PhD
Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). Charleston, SC. March 16th, 2015.
Abstract: In the fall 2010, East Carolina University’s Department of Public Health introduced the new graduate online certificate program to the curriculum. By the spring 2014, the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) program graduated 20 public health and medical professionals with the specific expertise in ethnic and rural health disparities. Quantitative and qualitative results from our 2014 alumni study indicate that the ERHD program is a major success with over 75% stated that they strongly agreed that the ERHD program met their expectations and that 88% strongly agreed the ERHD program provided them with additional insight and skills related to ethnic and rural health disparities which makes an individual more advantageous in the public health field.
National Medical Association. Orlando, FL., July 31st-August 4, 2010.
Abstract: A new graduate certificate program in ethnic and rural health disparities at East Carolina University uses the latest online technology to assist medical professionals and public health administrators in obtaining additional expertise in ethnic and rural health disparities. The major objective for the certificate program is to get graduates to develop more culturally competent projects, plans and policies that are designed for ethnic and rural communities in the United States and communities around the world.