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
Stephanie Jilcott Pitts
Congratulations Dr. Pitts

Dr. Stephanie Jilcott Pitts in the Department of Public Health is an ECU Scholar Teacher Award recipient!

The 2018 ECU Scholar-Teacher Awards and Recognition ceremony will be held Monday, April 9, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm in Harvey Hall at the Murphy Center.

Congratulations, Dr. Pitts!

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C. Suzanne Lea
Researchers study health impact of GenX

Dr. Suzanne Lea collaborates with Faculty from NC State University to examine the health impacts of GenX in southeastern North Carolina. Go to the following link for more information.

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MPH Fall Graduation 2017
2017 MPH Fall Graduation

On Friday, December 15, 2017, we recognized our MPH graduates in a ceremony in the Brody Auditorium. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Paul Walker, Chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology at the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center. 


Front Row (L-R) - Adedolapo Busuyi, Annie MacLellan, Czarina Cowo, Toni Rosas, Ramatu Samura

Middle Row (L-R) - Shayna Yeager, Sheridan Stanley, Katherine DeFilippi, Ravichandran Nisha, Mary Peaks, Erica Lowe

Back Row (L-R) - Alecia Gurkins, Casey Collins, Archana Kaur, Caroline Phan-Le, Alexandra Patton


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Students present at PHP&R Regional Preparedness Coordinators Meeting

Department of Public Health Faculty Dr. Suzanne Lea, Dr. Ruth Little, and MPH students Ashley Berkner and Jane Wong present at the PHP&R Regional Preparedness Coordinators Monthly Meeting in New Bern, NC.

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Dolapo Busuyi
Dolapo Busuyi Selected for Administrative Fellowship at Vidant Health

Dolapo Busuyi, a second year MPH student concentratingin health administration has been selected for a 24-month administrativefellowship at Vidant Health. The administrative fellowship program provides post-graduate candidates the opportunity to gain training and management experience in a large and diverse health care system. She competed for the fellowship with students across the United States.

Dolapo is highly passionate about public health and leadership. The master of public health program at East Carolina University became appealing to her after discovering the two passions work conjointly when pursuing a career in Health Administration.

She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Central University, where she studied Public Health and Psychology. Dolapo completed a summer 2017 internship at Vidant Medical Center, in the Cancer Services Department. Dolapo recalls her internship experience as the highlight of her master’s program. “The moment I stepped into the hospital for my internship, I knew that this was where I wanted to be.”She was able to contribute and develop a lay navigation program for cancer patients by training volunteers interested in becoming lay navigators.

While she is a full-time MPH student, Dolapo works part-time as a graduate assistant in the Department of Hematology at Brody School of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and serves as historian in the Public Health Graduate Student Organization (PHO).

Dolapo is looking forward to working at Vidant Health, a non-profit 1,439-bed hospital system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 Eastern North Carolina counties. She shares, “I am very excited to begin my career in the field of health care administration.”

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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.

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.