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
Bell Basnight
Rural Health Symposium

Dr. Ronny Bell and Dr. Lorrie Basnight were in the news promoting the first Rural Health Symposium that will be held November 16-17, 2017 at the Education Center at Eastern AHEC located at 2600 W. Arlington Boulevard, Greenville, NC.

Call (252) 744-5223 or visit for more information.

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Hayes J
Project explores community resilience after flooding

Jasmine Hayes, a graduate student in the Department of Public Health, has been awarded funding to study resilience in rural communities following natural disasters.

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NCPHA Fall Educational Conference

Faculty and students from ECU were well represented at this year's North Carolina Public Health Association Fall Educational Conference. See below for the list of poster and oral presentations.

Oral Presentations

Implementation of Recommended Tobacco Cessation Systems in Dental Practices: A Qualitative Assessment in Northeastern North Carolina Jonathan Nowlin*, Joseph Lee, Wanda Wright

NC Youth Access to Tobacco Inspections: 2012-2016 Results and Recommendations Kurtis Kozel*, Joseph Lee

Trends in Consumption of Regular Soda and Other Sugar-sweetened Beverages among Adults in North Carolina, 2012, 2013, and 2015 Ann Rafferty*, Satomi Imai, Stephanie Pitts

MATCH - Motivating Adolescents with Technology to CHOOSE Health: Changes in BMI Outcomes and Self-Reported Health Behaviors following a School-Based Childhood Obesity Intervention in North Carolina B. Kelsey Ross*, Suzanne Lazorick, Xiangming Fang

Do You Hear What We're Saying: A Multi-Partner Community Engagement Project for Health Improvement Bhibha Das*, Nancy Winterbauer, Robin Tant, Joan Mansfield

Community Engagement in Public Health Practice Amy Haynes*, Emily Roberts

Improving third party payer reimbursement for sexually transmitted disease services in North Carolina: A study on attitudes, knowledge and current practices among 60 health departments/districts Cheryl Kovar*, Susan Bynum

Dental and other health care visits among adults with diabetes in North Carolina Huabin Luo, Ronny Bell*, Wanda Wright, Qiang Wu

Enhancing patient portal use targeting low-income primary caregivers Juhee Kim*, Holly Mathews, Akshat Kapoor

Utilizing electronic health record data to attempt to reduce overuse and misuse of rural emergency room services. Christopher Duffrin*, Jason Brinkley

Poster Presentations

The Impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Healthcare Coverage in North Carolina Fei Gao *, Satomi Imai, Katherine Jones

NCPHA Healthy Babies Initiative Evaluation Ben Hooker*, Suzanne Lea

Baseline Assessment of a Healthy Corner Store Initiative: Associations Between Food Store Environments, Customer Purchases, and Self-Reported and Objectively Measured Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Stephanie Jilcott Pitts*, Qiang Wu, Kimberly Truesdale, Melissa Laska, Taras Grinchak , Ronny Bell

Feasibility, Reliability, and Validity of a Noninvasive Assessment of Skin Carotenoid Status as a Measure of Dietary Carotenoid Consumption in a Diverse Community Sample Stephanie Jilcott Pitts*, Lisa Jahns, Taras Grinchak, Ronny Bell, Kimberly Truesdale, Qiang Wu

Geofencing: Mobile technology as a Health Promotion Tool to Raise Awareness of a Dental Clinic in Rural NC Kayla Locklear, Mary Tucker-McLaughlin, Ann Rafferty*, Nancy Winterbauer, Wanda Wright

Adapting an Evidence-Based Intervention to a Low-Resource, Rural Program: Lessons Learned. Jimme' Patterson *, Nancy Winterbauer

Getting the Logic and the Model: The Conetoe Family Life Center Program Logic Model Nancy Winterbauer, Jimme' Patterson *, Ann Rafferty

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N. Ruth Little
Eastern Regional Substance Abuse Prevention Conference

Dr. Ruth Little (PI) and Dr. Annette Greer (co-PI) led the Eastern Regional Substance Abuse Conference at East Carolina Heart Institute on September 25, 2017 through their substance abuse prevention funding in collaboration with the Brody School of Medicine Departments of Public Health, Bioethics and Health Access, Coastal Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention and the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

The goals of the summit were (1) to bring together an inter-professional, interagency assembly to communicate the status of, progress for, and outcome measures realized for substance abuse issues in Eastern North Carolina; (2) provide a structured forum to discuss and design strategies in an action plan to be implemented on a regional basis in an advancing substance abuse prevention. This event brought together medical providers, county public health directors/staff, pharmacists, prevention and treatment specialists, researchers and students to develop a regional action plan response to the growing opiod epidemic. Dr. Mark Stacy, Dean Brody School of Medicine, Dr. Betsey Tilson, North Carolina State Health Director and Mr. Alan Dellapenna, Branch Head for the Injury Prevention Branch of the division of Public Health were featured speakers.

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Kearney - JEH Cover Article
Journal of Environmental Health

Congratulations to Dr. Greg Kearney (lead author), Dr. Jo Anne Balanay and Adam Mannarino, MPH/MSEH on their research paper making the cover of the October issue of the Journal of Environmental Health. The article, Intervention to Prevent Occupational Hearing Loss: Evaluating Attitudes and Behaviors or Groundskeeping Workers, can be found at

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Name: Taras Grinchak
Major: Master of Public Health in Epidemiology
College: (i.e. Education, Medicine, etc.) 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.