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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Effectiveness of Healthier Food Options

ECU researchers have been awarded a two year grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Policies for Action research program to study the effectiveness of a program to improve access to healthy food options in N.C.


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C. Suzanne Lea
Lea selected as EOSA Scholar

Dr. Suzanne Lea has been selected to be a part of the 2019 Cohort for the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (EOSA) for the ECU Office of Community Engagement and Research. The Academy provides professional development and project support for community engagement. Faculty selected to the program participate in cohort-based workshops and develop research projects with community partners.

For more information about the 2019 cohort, please visit this website: https://rede.ecu.edu/engagement/programs-and-initiatives/eosa/2019-eosa-scholars/


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Lok Pokhrel
Pokhrel has book chapter accepted for publication
Dr. Lok Pokhrel along with two MPH students, Rebecca Dean and William Burrows and a former honors student, ZL Jacobs are co-authors on a book chapter. The chapter is titled "Sustainable Nanotechnology-enabled innovative filters for point-of-use (POU) drinking water treatments. 2019 (In: Characterization Tools for Nanotechnology for Environment, Health and Safety. Springer Book Series Vol. 10; Editor: Challa SSR Kumar, Harvard University).

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Sinan Sousan
Seminar with Dr. Sinan Sousan

Dr. Sinan Sousan will be a speaker at a seminar with Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (Assist)at NCSU on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 12:30pm. Dr. Sousan will be speaking on the Advancements in Exposure Measurements.

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2018 NCPHA - JT
2018 NCPHA Meeting - Charlotte NC

The ECU Department of Public Health was well represented at the North Carolina Public Health Association Meeting from December 12th - 14th in Charlotte. The following is a list of oral and poster presentation from our faculty and students:

Ann Rafferty, Nancy Winterbauer, Ronny Bell, Huabin Luo, Satomi Imai, Ruth Little. Health Literacy Among North Carolina Adults with Chronic Health Conditions: 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) (Oral Presentation).

Mackenzie Brown, Kellie Sims, Beth Gifford, Karen Goldstein, Dawn Provenzal. Gender-stratified Health Conditions from the Gulf War Era Cohort and Biorepository Study (Poster Presentation).

Kalynn Hosea, Huabin Luo. Analysis of Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence in Minorities with Diabetes (Poster Presentation).

Madeline Lassiter, Suzanne Lea. Baseline Measures of Health Baby Outcomes in the North Carolina Public Health Association's Healthy Babies Initiative (Poster Presentation).

Jasmine Taylor, Nancy Winterbauer, Courtney Williams, Lauren Marino, Midred Elliot, Ronita Jones, Lynette Whichard. Chutes and Ladders: Key Facilitators of Community Engagement (Poster Presentation).

Alexia Williams, Tony Cellucci, Omar Glover, Wanda Wright. Tobacco Use, Readiness and Motivation to Quit Smoking Among Dental Patients at East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine (Poster Presentation).

Courtney Williams, Nancy Winterbauer, Jasmine Taylor, Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, Ann Rafferty. Logic Model or Theory of Change? An Illustration from the "Tell a Story..."Diabetes Awareness Intervention (Poster Presentation).

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Stephanie Wangerin

Name: Stephanie Wangerin
Major: Master of Public Health, Health Behavior Concentration
College: Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, ECU
Year in School: 2nd year graduate student

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.

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 stricklandw@ecu.edu or by calling (252) 744-4037.