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.

News & Announcements

News & Announcements
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Pitts recognized as ECU Scholar-Teacher

Stephanie Jilcott Pitts was recognized with the ECU Scholar-Teacher Award, along with faculty from across ECU's campus, on Monday, April 9th. The purpose of the ECU Scholar-Teacher Awards is to recognize faculty members who effectively integrate scholarship (research/creative activity) in classroom teaching.

There is more information on the award here: http://www.ecu.edu/acad/ofe/awards_scholar-teacher.cfm

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APTR Conference

ECU Department of Public Health faculty and current and former MPH students participated in the 2018 Association for Prevention Teaching and Research Conference April 9th - 11th in Philadelphia.

Faculty Presentations   

Dr. Ari Mwachofi - Cost-Effectiveness Analysis in the Quality Improvement Context; Interprofessional Active Learning through Self-Reflection Diaries for Health Professionals.

Dr. Ruth Little and Dr. Annette Greer - Assessing the Role of Public Health in Response to the Growing Opioid Crisis; Teaching Climate Change in Health Professions Education: Advancing the Climate Change Policy    

Dr. Annette Greer - New Frontiers in Viral Surveillance: Environmental Bioaerosol Monitoring in CAFO

Alumni Presentations

Leigh Saner - Assessing Law Enforcement's Perceptions of the Prevalence of Opioid Misure in Eastern North Carolina.

Ramatu Samura - Risk Factors for Sickle Cell Nephropathy in Adults by Genotypes SS, SC and S + in Eastern North Carolina

Student Presentations

Ashley Berkner - Evaluating Occupational Injuries among Latino Workers in the Forestry Industry

Jane Wong - Med-Ped Residents Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs in the Treatment of Youth with Special Health Care Needs

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UNC Wilmington Research and Innovation Day

ECU MPH students presented their work at the UNC Wilmington Research and Innovation Day on April 9, 2018. The posters that were presented are:

Lauren Marino, Kali Guest, Bhibha Das, Nancy Winterbauer. Developing the West Greenville Council: Establishing a Community-Academic Partnership to Address Health Disparities

Jasmine Hayes, Suzanne Lea. Hurricane Floyd and Hurricane Matthew: Assessing Resilience among Vulnerable Populations

Fei Gao, Huabin Luo. Trends in the Prevalence of Gestational Diabetes and Health Behaviors among Women with a History of GDM: Findings from the NHANES 2007-2014

Mackenzie Brown, Craig Becker. Publication Education and Citizenship Behavior: A Scoping Review

Taras Grinchak, Thomas Redding IV, Meghan O’Leary, Elizabeth Hauser, Marcus Johnson, Dawn Provenzale, Suzanne Lea. Long-term Lifestyle Changes After Screening Colonoscopy and Their Impact on Colorectal Advanced Neoplasia in the CSP #380 Veteran Cohort at 10 Years

Pictured (L-R) Dr. Charlie Hardy, Dean of the UNCW College of Health and Human Services

MPH students - Tommy Gao, Taras Grinchak, Jasmine Hayes, Lauren Marino, Mackenzie Brown

Dr. Ronny Bell, Chair of the ECU Department of Public Health

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Schweitzer Fellowship

Graduate student Gabriel Beattie-Sergio has earned ECU's first-ever Schweitzer Fellowship in public health, to create and sustain a project aimed at determining and eliminating different factors that contribute to childhood asthma.

Beattie-Sergio's work will focus on victims who were impacted by the 2016 Hurricane Matthew, live in substandard housing and have children with asthma. A large part of Beattie-Sergio's time will be dedicated to conducting in-home (field) visits, interviewing families and conducting environmental health and housing assessments.


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Keylynne Matos-Cunningham
Congratulations Keylynne Matos-Cunningham

Keylynne Matos-Cunningham has been selected as a Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training fellow!

Exito! summer program, http://exitotraining.org/what-is-exito.


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Taras Grinchak

Name: Taras Grinchak
Major: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
College: Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, ECU
Year in School: 2nd year

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.