Eric Bailey, PhD, MPH

Eric BaileyProfessor

office: Flanagan 209
phone: 252-328-9448

Dr. Eric J. Bailey has broad-based research experience in several chronic diseases including hypertension, overweight & obesity, diabetes, prenatal care, cancer, alternative medicine, HIV/AIDS, and physical fitness. He has published research findings in scholarly journals and lectured for the past 25 years on issues related to medical anthropology, multicultural and multiethnic health care issues, health disparities, alternative medicine, community health, government public health, culturally-competent health care programs and global health programs. Since joining the department’s faculty, Dr. Bailey has published two health-related books entitled, Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet and Black America, Body Beautiful: How the African American Image is Changing Fashion, Fitness, and Other Industries. His most recent book is entitled, The Cultural Rights Movement: Fulfilling the Promise of Civil Rights for African Americans. His teaching interests include medical anthropology, cultural anthropology, behavioral science, qualitative research, global health, African American health, ethnic health and health disparities, and culturally-competent health care interventions. He currently serves as a core faculty member in the Masters of Public Health program. Dr. Bailey is also Director of the Ethnic and Rural Health Disparities (ERHD) Graduate Certificate Online Program. The ERHD is a 12 credit certificate program which can be completed in less than one year.


  • BA, Miami University (Oxford, OH)
  • MA, Miami University (Oxford, OH)
  • PhD, Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
  • MPH, Emory University (Atlanta, GA)

Areas of Interest

  • Medical Anthropology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Behavioral Science
  • Qualitative Research
  • Global Health
  • Ethnic Health & Health Disparities
  • African Americans
  • Government Public Health Programs

Courses Taught

  • MPH 6005 African American Health
  • MPH 6007 Global Public Health
  • MPH 6008 Ethnic Health and Health Disparities
  • MPH 6009 Capstone Experience in Ethnic & Health Disparities

Dr. Eric Bailey Curriculum Vitae (PDF)