Our Mission

Our Department of Public Health is committed to educating professionals and conducting research to improve the health of communities in our region and beyond. We practice a combination of science and social approaches to reduce disease and systematically address the multiple determinants of health. Our work is rooted in strong partnerships with the community, health and social services, industry and business, academia, and the media.

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News & Announcements
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Encouraging healthy diets - Dr. Stephanie Pitts

Dr. Stephanie Pitts , assistant professor in the Department of Public Health, received $22,722 for her research into factors that influence nutrition choices at small retail food stores by individuals with lower socioeconomic status at small retail food stores. Go here for more information.

Dr. Stephanie Pitts and one of her students are featured in the here in the news at a local convenience store.

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Climate Change and Health: Focus on ENC

Symposium at East Carolina University Heart Institute: March 23, 2017

The Brody School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and the Office of Sustainability at ECU have teamed up with national, regional and local experts to raise awareness of the health impacts of climate change in the region. 

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To submit an abstract, visit

Symposium Sponsors

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Dr. Ronny Bell
Public Health welcomes new leader
East Carolina University is welcoming new leadership for its graduate public health programs this fall. Dr. Ronny Bell has been named chair of the Brody School of Medicine's Department of Public Health, effective Nov. 7.

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Congratulations DPH Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Marla Hall, Assistant Professor for being selected to participate in the BB&T Faculty Leadership Fellows Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Pitts, Associate Professor and Dr. Nancy Winterbauer, Assistant Professor for being invited to participate in the BB&T Active Learning and Leadership Development Incentive Grant Program.

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Lay health-coaching improves outcomes
It's fitting the Conetoe Family Life Center in rural Edgecombe County sits alongside the railroad tracks. This place is all about creating connections. On a hot and humid afternoon, a couple of dozen people have gathered on the church grounds to connect with each other and compare notes about the passion they share: to see their communities become healthier.

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Mari Hawkins

Morehead City-native Mari Hawkins is expanding her scope from rehabilitating individual athletes to considering the health of whole populations.

Research In The Region

A private funding source for research at ECU's Brody School of Medicine is supporting pediatric asthma research by Dr. Greg Kearney.

MPH Program at ECU

Learn more about whether our master's of public health program is the right graduate degree for you.

Council on Education for Public Health

The ECU MPH Program is nationally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). A copy of our final self-study report (2012) and a subsequent interim report (2013) on compliance with all accreditation criteria are available here. To request a copy of our official accreditation reports, please contact Wanda Strickland at or by calling (252) 744-4037.