Joseph G. L. Lee, PhD, MPH
East Carolina University
Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Health Education & Promotion, College of Health & Human Performance
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Health Disparities, Brody School of Medicine
Associate Member, Cancer Prevention and Control, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Public health is about justice. It is about documenting, understanding, and ultimately intervening to improve the quality of the lives of our neighbors, of North Carolinians, and of communities across the globe.
Three areas form the core of my work. First, I document health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. Second, I seek to understand the origins of these disparities. Third, I work to identify and evaluate policy interventions to improve health equity.
I also conduct studies of tobacco prevention and control with an eye towards public health policy and the reduction of disparities. Work here has included tobacco-free college campus policies and point-of-sale tobacco marketing.
I have been awarded funding by: American Cancer Society, Cancer Research UK, National Cancer Institute, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pitt County Health Department (NC Division of Public Health), Stanford Prevention Research Center (California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program), and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (National Cancer Institute).
I have taught courses on LGBT health disparities (Spring 2014; Fall 2018), health disparities (Fall 2015; Spring, Summer, Fall 2016; Fall 2017; Spring 2018), research skills in health information (Spring 2018, Spring 2019), and led a study abroad trip to Iceland (Summer 2018).
ECU Department of Health Education and Promotion
HLTH 3020.002: Health Disparities (Spring 2016)
HLTH 3020.001: Health Disparities (Summer 2016)
HLTH 3020.002: Health Disparities (Fall 2016)
HLTH 3020.002: Health Disparities (Fall 2017)
HLTH 3020.002: Health Disparities (Spring 2018
HLTH 3025.001: LGBT Population Health and Disparities (Fall 2018)
UNC School of Public Health
Spatial Analysis & Consulting
I have content expertise on tobacco control, LGBT health, health behavior, program evaluation, spatial analysis, and systematic reviews.