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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 and we officially started on August 21st, 2010.

Update: Please feel free to check out my latest 2014 – 2015 ERHD Welcome Address

ERHD Exhibit at North Carolina Community College System Conference – Raleigh, NC

Dr. Bailey and Jennifer Baysden

Dr. Bailey and Jennifer Baysden

ECU Exhibit Booth

ECU Exhibit Booth

Here is my ERHD Exhibit

Here is my ERHD Exhibit

During October 12 – 14th, the ERHD Program was invited to participate in the North Carolina Community College System Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Distance Education Coordinator, Jennifer Baysden, of ECU asked if I wanted to exhibit the ERHD program at this event and was delighted to receive the invitation.

Once I arrived, I set up our ERHD tabletop exhibit in one of the areas of the ECU booth and other departments and schools set up their displays as well. After everyone got situated, the ECU booth was very impressive and in fact we had more visitors to our ECU booth than other university exhibits.

The conference attendees that I spoke to about the ERHD program were ECU graduates who now work at NC Community colleges. They are now instructors, administrators and directors at various community colleges throughout the state. They were also very proud of the achievements at ECU and proud to be a Pirate!

Overall, the ERHD program truly benefited from the marketing of our innovative program at this community college event. Check out a few photos.

ERHD 2014 Alumni Study Report

It gives me great pleasure to announce that our ERHD 2014 Alumni Study Report is officially completed. This ERHD Alumni study actually began last year – fall semester 2013. With the assistance of our then – graduate assistant – Shanekia Blackshear Joyner – we conducted a university-based research study. Once we completed the design of the alumni study, Shanekia sent the alumni survey out to all available alumni. Several weeks later, we received all of the completed surveys and then conducted our analysis.

This university-based research study was a study of our graduates. The major objectives of the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Alumni study were: (1) to evaluate the effectiveness of the ERHD program; and (2) to assess new strategies for improving our ERHD program. To evaluate the effectiveness of the ERHD program, we developed a semi-structured ERHD Alumni survey which included quantitative and qualitative open-ended questions. The ERHD Alumni survey was conducted using web-based Qualtrics software. Quantitative and qualitative results from alumni survey indicate that the ERHD program is a major success with over seventy-five (75%) stated that they strongly agreed that the ERHD met their expectations as a certificate program and that eighty-eight (88%) percent strongly agreed the ERHD program provided them with additional insight and skills related to ethnic and rural health disparities. Moreover, the five qualitative themes provided reliable personal accounts from our ERHD alumnus as to the significance and positive impact of this program to their professional public health and medical careers.

I want to thank Shanekia Blackshear Joyner for all of her assistance, suggestions and effort during this study. She is now one of our ERHD graduates.

I also want to thank Dr. Justin Moore – Co-Director (University of South Carolina) for his input throughout the alumni study.

Finally, I want to thank ECU’s Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, ECU’s Center for Health Disparities, and our former Department Chairperson Dr. Lloyd Novick for all of their support for our ERHD program since the very beginning in 2009.

To receive a copy of our 2014 ERHD Alumni Study report, just email me at: baileye@ecu.edu.

ERHD Program Accepting New Students for 2015 Spring Admissions

As Director of the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online Program, I want to welcome all interested and qualified graduate professionals to apply to our ERHD Certificate Program. In order to be successfully admitted to the ERHD program, all ERHD applicants must submit the required materials to our ERHD Admissions Committee by the required due date of October 1st, 2014.

The ERHD Admissions Committee meets twice a year and reviews all ERHD applicants materials. For the fall, we meet after all materials are received from all applicants, review the materials, and then make decisions on which ERHD applicants to admit. Along with the review by our ERHD Admissions Committee, each applicant must submit their materials to ECU Graduate School as well. Applicants MUST be admitted to ECU graduate school FIRST before being admitted to the ERHD program.

ERHD SUBMISSION OF REQUIRED MATERIALS:

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

Send all ERHD application materials to:

Dr. Eric Bailey
ERHD Director
Professor
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 OCTOBER 1st, 2014

2014 Spring ERHD Graduates

Dr. Bailey and Graduate Assistant Shanekia Joyner

Dr. Bailey and Graduate Assistant Shanekia Joyner

2014 ERHD Spring Graduates

2014 ERHD Spring Graduates

On Friday, May 9th, the Department of Public Health at East Carolina University held our Master of Public Health Graduate Recognition Ceremony at the Brody School of Medicine. For the third consecutive year, the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Program graduated FIVE special graduates. Of course, this was not only a special day for all the MPH graduates, it was particularly rewarding to acknowledge the graduation of our 5 ERHD graduates!

The FIVE ERHD graduates were:

Daniel Allen
Crystal Ellis
Shanekia Joyner
Lauren Needell
Carpaccio Owens

Here is a picture of our 5 ERHD graduates and I.

This was a particularly special year for our ERHD program as well because this was the first year that we had a graduate assistant. Shanekia Joyner was the first graduate assistant of the ERHD program and I want to recognize her outstanding weekly effort and achievement in the ERHD program. I have also included a picture of Shenekia and I.

In addition to our 5 ERHD MPH graduates, the ERHD program also graduated another student. She is apart of another ECU program and her name is:

Ashley Mchaney

In summary, the ERHD officially graduated SIX ERHD students during the 2014 spring ceremonies. I was very proud of each student’s achievement and their hard work throughout the program. I felt honored to help them move to the next stage of their fantastic careers!

Final Note: I want to personally thank all of the previous ERHD graduating classes. You have made our continual growth and success possible!

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.