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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
Lisa Jahns
Grand Rounds - Dr. Lisa Jahns

The Departments of Nutrition Science and Public Health are sponsoring Grand Rounds on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Brody Auditorium from 11:00 am to Noon. Dr. Lisa Jahns will be the speaker. Dr. Jahns is a Research Nutritionist at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. Dr. Jahns is one of the only scientists in the US who is familiar with the intricate science of skin carotenoids as a dietary assessment tool, and she has completed the only feeding study to measure the kinetics of skin carotenoids in a free-living population. She will be speaking about "The Use of Skin Carotenoid Status to Assess Changes in Vegetable and Fruit Intake: Potential Public Health and Clinical Applications".

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PH Endowment
New public health scholarship

New scholarship to benefit public health students. The J. Craig Souza Scholarship Endowment will support students within the master of public health program who demonstrate financial need and an interest in health administration with a focus on long-term care. You can read more about it here:


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Tamara Atkinson
Tobacco Cessation
Dr. Tamara Atkinson was the Grand Rounds speaker Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in Brody Auditorium. Dr. Atkinson spoke about tobacco cessation strategies in behavioral health facilities.

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Leandris Liburd
Obesity Symposium

The 14th annual Jean Mills Symposium was held February 2, 2018. The Department of Public Health was a co-sponsor of this event. Obesity and diabetes were two conditions that were discussed.  Dr. Leandris Liburd was the guest speaker. For more information go to this link:

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Mansfield Jones Imai - 020118
Death Rates are Rising for some NC residents

A study - authored by ECU professor emeritus Dr. Chris Mansfield and colleagues in the Department of Public Health, and published in the current issue of the NC Medical Journal - found that suicide and liver disease were major contributors to the increase in deaths from 2000 to 2013 for whites ages 45 to 54. You can read more about it at this link or this link

Pictured: Dr. Satomi Imai (L), Dr. Katherine Jones (center) and Dr. Chris Mansfield (R).


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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 or by calling (252) 744-4037.