N. Ruth Little, Ed.D., MPH

N. Ruth Little

Vice Chair & Assistant Professor

office: ECHI 2221
phone: 252-744-3123
email: littlena@ecu.edu

Ruth Little, a native of Pitt County, has devoted much of her career to rural health delivery throughout eastern North Carolina. Prior to joining our faculty she served as the Public Health Director for Jones County working with community partners to develop Grace Clinic for the uninsured with extended hours, family based counseling program, migrant outreach program, school based health education programming and certified Jones County Healthy Carolinian Task Force. She was employed for many years as a nursing home administrator in facilities offering specialized rehabilitation services in addition to her experience as a county planner. She works extensively integrating long term care and aging into public health and partnering with communities targeting underserved populations to provide inter-disciplinary diabetes and heart disease education, lay health advisor training and peer educator programs fostering population health status improvements. She chairs the Department of Public Health Community Advisory Board and serves on numerous boards providing consultation to health care agencies within eastern North Carolina.


  • Ed.D., East Carolina University
  • BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC)
  • Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, NC 1990
  • Certified Preceptor for Nursing Home Administrators in Training, NC 1998

Areas of Interest

  • Health Care Delivery to Underserved Populations
  • Interdisciplinary Community Health Education
  • Access to Health Care
  • Health Care Management and Personnel Administration
  • Health and Aging

Courses Taught

  • MPH 6903/6904/6905 Internship/Field Placement Capstone Course
  • MPH 6040 Long Term Care Administration
  • MPH 6050 Fundamentals of Public Health Leadership
  • MPH 6011 Co-Instructor Health and Aging