ECU and UNCP form public health program partnership

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) ECU and UNC Pembroke have entered into a partnership to enhance research and improve the health of eastern Carolina residents.

Leaders from ECU and UNC Pembroke officially signed off on a new partnership that commits the universities to a collaborative approach to research, and creates a more direct path for qualified Pembroke graduates to gain admission to ECU's graduate level public health degree programs.

Both universities have missions to improve the health of people living in the east.

Doctor Ronny Bell with ECU says a well trained public health workforce will help meet the region's needs.

Dr. Bell says, "Eastern North Carolina has a number of health disparities and chronic diseases and different health outcomes that require a public health approach to address them."

Dr. Bell says well qualified UNC Pembroke graduates will receive priority admission to both ECU's master and doctor of public health degree programs.