Since 1998, Regina McCoy has served the UNCG community as an Associate Professor , Undergraduate Program Director (2005-2007), and Associate Department Head (2006- 2008) in the Department of Public Health Education. She received her B.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Maryland at College Park and completed her MPH in Community Health Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received the 2005 Performance Lawther Alumni Award for making significant contributions to her field and enhancement of the status of UNCG and the School of HHP. She serves locally on the Board of the North Carolina Chapter of the Society for Public Health Education (NC SOPHE) and is a past Trustee on the National SOPHE Board, and past Professional-Member-at-Large on the Eta Sigma Gamma National Board. In addition to numerous community, department and university appointments, she continues to participate in the Alpha Nu Chapter of Eta Sigma Gamma as a lifetime member, of which she has served as faculty sponsor.
Most of her professional health education career has been dedicated to partnering with the community to address maternal and child health issues, especially within under-resourced communities. Her work has primarily focused on coordinating heath education services within federal, state and county public health agencies as well as community-based programs within hospital, churches and schools in Maryland, Washington D.C., and North Carolina. She is currently focusing on research within a new UNCG project titled Brothers Leading Healthy Lives, a community-based collaborative in Greensboro, NC that focuses on improving the health and opportunities for success among African American/Black college-aged men. She is currently the Project Coordinator for one of the newly funded Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project titled PATH4Men: Preventing African American Transmission of Heterosexual HIV Project (for Men) The aims for PATH4Men is to develop a culturally relevant intervention to prevent the spread of HIV among heterosexually active African American male college students.
Regina invites students to fully participate in a community of learning to engage them in professional and public service to meet the needs of a global community. She supervises the undergraduate field placement of community health education majors throughout the US and abroad to work hand in hand with a variety of populations and cultures (Native American children to Bahamian senior women) in a variety of settings (community clinics to international health programs). In addition, she is active in teaching general education courses opened to all UNCG students such as Human Sexuality and other professional preparation program courses for health education majors.
Links of Interest
- HEA260: Human Sexuality
- HEA339: Introduction to Public Health Ed Practice
- HEA427: Practicum in Public Health Education
- HEA428: Health Education Internship