Erica Payton, Ph.D., MPH

Promoting Health, Engaging Communities, Changing Lives

Erica Payton, Ph.D., MPH



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

Office Location: 437 Mary Channing Coleman (HHP) Building


Education and Training

B.S. Health Education and Promotion from East Carolina University

M.P.H. Health Promotion/ Disease Prevention from Florida International University

Ph.D. Health Education from the University of Toledo

Certificate in Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities from East Carolina University

Curriculum Vitae



My educational and employment pursuits reflect my professional goal of addressing health disparities and health equity. I received a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education and Promotion with a concentration in Community Health from East Carolina University in 2007. In 2011, I received my MPH in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from Florida International University. Soon after completing my MPH, I gained an interest in teaching and research and decided to further my education by pursuing a PhD. I completed my PhD in health education from the University of Toledo in 2014. As a doctoral student my research focus was in the area of racial/ethnic health disparities, breast cancer prevention, firearm violence prevention and community engagement and empowerment. Before attaining my PhD, I worked as a public health educator for local health departments and non-profit organizations in North Carolina. I worked in many different areas in public health including: health promotion, teen tobacco prevention and women’s and children’s health.


Research Interests

My overall research area is health disparities and health equity. I have focused my research agenda in three areas: firearm violence prevention, cardiovascular health and community engagement. Examples of manuscript topics include: the role of community empowerment in decreasing health disparities, the development of an attribution of racial/ethnic health disparities scale, African American legislators’ perceptions of firearm violence prevention legislation, University presidents’ perceptions of firearm violence prevention, and the role of high schools in addressing racial/ethnic health disparities. My current research includes exploring the associations between chronic exposure to violence and cardiovascular health outcomes.


Courses Taught

HEA 466 – Community Health Interventions II


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