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
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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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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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.