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UPDATE – ERHD Graduate Certificate Online Program Starts

Director Dr. Eric Bailey

Director Dr. Eric Bailey


Greetings,
My name is Eric Bailey and I am Director & Professor of the new Ethnic & Rural Health Disparities Graduate Certificate Online Program at East Carolina University. I want to welcome you to this very innovative online certificate program. It is the first of its kind in the entire United States.

As of today (8/21/2010), we are ready to start for the Fall Semester!

ERHD 2014 Spring Graduates – Announced

As Director of the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online Program, it gives me great pleasure to announce our next set of ERHD graduates for Spring 2014. They are:

Shanekia Joyner
Crystal Ellis
Lauren Needell
Carpaccio Owens
Daniel Allen
Ashley Mchaney

Each one of our Spring 2014 graduates have completed or are in the very final stages of completing all of their coursework for the ERHD program. Not surprisingly, each ERHD student has been very impressive in all of their coursework, fieldwork projects/proposals, and online discussion board sessions.

Without a doubt, I am certain that our Spring 2014 ERHD graduates will become our country’s next set of leaders in public health and particularly in all issues related to ethnic and rural health disparities!

ERHD Program Accepting 2014 Fall Applications

ERHD APPLICATION
The ERHD Graduate Certifcate Online Program is accepting applications from qualified students to enroll for the Fall 2014 semester at East Carolina University. To obtain a graduate certificate in ethnic and rural health disparities, completion of 12 credit hours is required.

The ERHD program consists of four online courses:
1. MPH 6005 African American Health
2. MPH 6007 Global Public Health
3. MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities
4. MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

Additional Requirements:

ECU MPH Students Only:
1. Letter of Interest
2. Writing Sample
3. Recommendation Letter

Other Graduate Students:
1. Transcript
2. GRE or MCAT Scores
3. Letter of Interest
4. Writing Sample
5. Recommendation Letter

ERHD SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS and DUE DATE

Send all ERHD applications materials to:

Dr. Eric Bailey
ERHD Director
ERHD Admissions Committee
East Carolina University
209 Flanagan Bldg.
Mailstop 568
Greenville, NC 27834-4353

Email materials to:
baileye@ecu.edu

ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 31st, 2014

The Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Alumni Study

It gives me great pleasure to inform our current, future and past ERHD students that we will be starting a research study on our ERHD program. Graduate Assistant, Shanekia Blackshear, and I have developed a survey to find out about the effectiveness of the program.

The purpose of the ERHD Alumni Study is to determine the effectiveness of our online graduate certificate program. The major objectives of the ERHD Alumni Study are: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of the ERHD program among our graduates; and (2) to assess new strategies for improving our ERHD program. We develped a semi-structured survey using Qualtrics – an online survey software. We will be contacting all our ERHD graduates and hopefully get full participation. Once we receive their input, we will analyze all of the quantitative and qualitative data.

After the analysis, Shanekia Blackshear and I will summarize the data in a brief report in which we will post on our ERHD Blog. We will also write-up a research paper and submit it to several public health journals. We believe this information is critical to not only future public health graduate students but also to the development of new public health training programs for professionals who are specifically focused on ethnic and rural health disparities.

Keep checking back to our ERHD Blog for updates to our new ERHD Alumni Study.

Spring 2014 Enrollment and ERHD Scholarships

ERHD APPLICATION

The ERHD Graduate Certificate Online Program is accepting applications from qualified graduate students to enroll for the Spring 2014 semester at East Carolina University. To obtain a graduate certificate in ethnic and rural health disparities, completion of 12 credit hours is required.

The ERHD program consists of four onlilne courses:
1. MPH 6005 African American Health
2. MPH 6007 Global Public Health
3. MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities
4. MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

Additional Requirements:

ECU MPH Students Only:
1. Letter of Interest
2. Writing Sample
3. Recommendation Letter

Other Graduate Students/Health Professionals
1. Transcript
2. GRE or MCAT Scores
3. Letter of Interest
4. Writing Sample
5. Recommendation Letter

ERHD SCHOLARSHIPS

The ERHD Scholarships are available to full-time or part-time graduate students with an interest in developing expertise in health disparities and who will complete the ERHD program. Scholarships are designed to assist students with the tuition of taking the ERHD courses. Scholarships vary in the amounts depending on whether a student is in-state or out-of-state.

The ERHD Scholarship requires interested candidates to write a 500 – 1000 word essay describing their interests in ethnic and rural health disparities. Academic performance, work experience and leadership skills will also be evaluated. A limited number of scholarships are available.

ERHD SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS and DUE DATE

Send all ERHD application materials and ERHD Scholarship application materials to:

Dr. Eric Bailey
ERHD Director
ERHD Admissions and ERHD Scholarship Committee
East Carolina University
209 Flanagan Building
Mailstop 568
Greenville, NC 27834-4353

Email materials to:

baileye@ecu.edu

ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE BY OCTOBER 1st, 2013

New ERHD Graduate Assistant – Shanekia Blackshear

Shanekia Blackshear

Shanekia Blackshear

I am pleased to announce that the ERHD program will have our FIRST Graduate Assistant for the Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 semester. Our new graduate assistant is Shanekia Blackshear. With assistance and collaboration with ECU’s Center for Health Disparities (CHD), Shanekia Blackshear will assist our ERHD program with a number of activities throughout the year. Her major responsibilities will be assisting in the areas of administrative activities, marketing, promotions and evaluating the ERHD program.

We look forward to her contribution to the ERHD program.

2013 Spring ERHD Graduates

2013 Spring ERHD Graduates

2013 Spring ERHD Graduates

On Friday May 10, 2013, the Department of Public Health held our Master of Public Health Graduate Recognition Ceremony at The Brody School of Medicine. Among the 45 MPH graduates, the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Program graduateed four special graduates. This was not only a special day and ceremony for all the MPH graduates, it was particularly special for our 4 ERHD graduates.

The four ERHD graduates were:

Shamaree Cromartie
Tiffany Cox
Michaela Penix
Samantha Kinney

Here is a picture of our 4 ERHD graduates and I. This was a very proud moment for our ERHD graduates and particularly for our ERHD program. I was so proud of their achievements and honored to share this moment with each of them.

2013 ERHD Program Update

Every semester, I am asked a number of questions about the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) program from a number of administrators, directors, researchers, faculty members, and potential students. Here is an overview and update of the ERHD program during the 2012-2013 academic year at East Carolina University:

The outcomes of the ERHD program is to graduate new public health professionals from various professional and ethnic backgrounds who acquire a new set of pubic health skills designed to be more culturally competent in the field of public health and to be more culturally competent in the field of public health and to be more culturally competent in ethnic and rural health disparities. During the 2012-2013 academic year, Director Dr. Eric Bailey directed the program, managed the trainees, taught the ERHD courses, evaluated the level of ethnic and rural health disparities cultural competency among trainees, and marketed the program at local and national public health and medical conferences. Director Bailey also coordinated the ERHD Admission Committee and the ERHD Scholarship Committee. The ERHD program consisted of nine full-time students of various racial and ethnic backgrounds (African American, Hispanic/Latino and Caucasian). The ERHD program also awarded $8,000 in scholarship support and graduated seven students.

2013 Spring Graduates – Shamaree Cromartie, Tiffany Cox, Samantha Kinney, and Michaela Penix

As Director of the ERHD Program, it gives me great pleasure to announce our next set of ERHD Graduates. They are

Shamaree Cromartie
Tiffany Cox
Samantha Kinnney
Michaela Penix

Each student will have completed or will complete the four ERHD courses: MPH 6005 African American Health, MPH 6007 Global Public Health, MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparities, and MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities.

Now with our next set of Spring graduates, this will give our ERHD program a total of 14 public health professional graduates who have expertise in ethnic and rural health disparities! These graduates are still the FIRST in their fields who have obtained this very special certificate.

Fall 2013 Enrollment and ERHD Scholarships

ERHD APPLICATION
The ERHD Graduate Certificate Online Program is accepting applications from qualified graduate students to enroll for the Fall 2013 semester at East Carolina University. To obtain a graduate certificate in ethnic and rural health disparities, completion of 12 credit hours is required.

The ERHD program consists of four online courses:
1. MPH 6005 African American Health
2. MPH 6007 Global Public Health
3. MPH 6008 Ethnic Health & Health Disparites
4. MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities

Additional Requirements:

ECU MPH Students Only:
1. Letter of Interest
2. Writing Sample
3. Recommendation Letter

Other Graduate Students:
1. Transcript
2. GRE or MCAT Scores
3. Letter of Interest
4. Writing Sample
5. Recommendation Letter

ERHD SCHOLARSHIPS

The ERHD Scholarships are available to full-time or part-time graduate students with an interest in developing an expertise in health disparities and who will complete the ERHD program. Scholarships are designed to assist students with the tuition of taking the ERHD courses. Scholarships vary in the amounts depending on whether a student is in-state or out-of-state.

The ERHD Scholarship requires interested candidates to write a 500 – 1000 word essay describing their interests in ethnic and rural health disparities. Academic performance, work experience and leadership skills will also be evaluated. A limited number of scholarships are available.

ERHD SUBMISSION OF MATERIALS and DUE DATE

Send all ERHD applications and ERHD Scholarship applications to:

Dr. Eric Bailey
ERHD Director
ERHD Admissions and ERHD Scholarship Committee
East Carolina University
209 Flanagan Bldg.
Mailstop 568
Greenville, NC 27834-4353

Email materials to:
baileye@ecu.edu

ALL MATERIALS ARE DUE BY MARCH 31st, 2013

2012 ERHD Fall Graduates: Sheilsa Howard Martinez and Whitney Wiggins

Whitney Wiggins

As Director of the ERHD Program, it gives me great pleasure to announce our next graduates. They are Sheilsa Howard Martinez and Whitney Wiggins. Both graduate professionals completed the 4 ERHD courses – MPH 6005 African American Health, MPH 6008 Ethnic Health and Health Disparities, MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic Health & Health Disparities, and concluded with MPH 6007 Global Public Health.

As of December 2012, the ERHD program has graduated officially 9 public health professionals with expertise in ethnic and rural health disparities. This is an exceptional number of graduates within the short period of time since are beginnings in 2009.