Carrie Rosario, DrPH, MPH, CHES

Promoting Health, Engaging Communities, Changing Lives

Carrie Rosario, DrPH, MPH, CHES




Department of Public Health Education

School of Health and Human Sciences

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

P.O. Box 26170

Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

(336) 334-5532 (office)

Office Location: 437 Mary Channing Coleman (HHP) Building

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Education and Training

  • DrPH in Health Education, Loma Linda University School of Public Health, Loma Linda, California; Dissertation: Ecological predictors of health literacy and tobacco use in Black college students.
  • Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Bachelor of Art in French Studies, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

As a social scientist, my philosophy of research and practice is guided by principles of health equity, which is social justice in health. Several formative cross-cultural and international experiences have served as catalysts for the development of my early research interests related to tobacco control and the inequitable socio-environmental contexts which disadvantage communities.

In congruence with my philosophy, my current research and practice identify and advocate policy, systems, and environmental strategies to address root causes of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities. Specifically, my work toward health equity is focused in two main areas:

  1. Tobacco-related Health Disparities (TRHDs)
  2. Relationships between place and health

Recent initiatives

Our most recent study, Tobacco Advertisements: What Messages Are They Sending in African American Communities?, published in the FDA- sponsored “Tobacco and Health Equity” supplement of Health Promotion Practice, examined tobacco ad messages in retail stores in Greensboro, North Carolina. We found that advertising within a sample of African American communities in Greensboro frequently used messaging to redirect attention from harmful product effects, primarily for cigarettes and non-large cigars, to favorable attributes or feelings. However, messaging aimed to reassure users products were safe despite health risks were found more frequently in e-cigarette advertising.

Check out my contribution in WalletHub’s timely article, The Real Cost of Smoking by State, which is timely considering the 2020 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking Cessation.

Healthy NC 2030:

Served as Task Force member and Co-Lead of Health Behavior Work group to inform the development of 10-year indicators and targets to improve the health of all North Carolinians. Learn more and read the full report at:

Courses Taught

  • HEA 113: Medical Terminology
  • HEA 201: Personal Health
  • HEA 315: Epidemiology
  • HEA 331: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • HEA 366: Community Health Interventions I
  • HEA 426: Internship Planning
  • HEA 428: Health Education Internship
  • HEA 447: Income, Social Status and Health
  • HEA 490: Capstone Experience

Links of Interest

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network
Truth Initiative
NC Alliance for Health
American Public Health Association (APHA) – Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD)

NC Institute of Medicine (NC IOM)