Ann Rafferty, PhD, MS

Ann RaffertyAssociate Professor

office: ECHI 2235
phone: 252-744-4041

Ann Rafferty received a BS in Biology from Boston University, after which she joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in the Republic of Korea working with leprosy programs. After returning to the United States, she completed an MS and PhD from Cornell University majoring in Human Nutrition, with minors in Epidemiology and Statistics. Her graduate work involved working with nutritional surveillance programs in Indonesia and Kenya. She has worked in public health at the county-level in New York state with the WIC program (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) and at the state-level in Michigan with Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). In August 2011, she moved to eastern North Carolina and joined the Department of Public Health at ECU as a part-time faculty member.


  • BS, Biology, Boston University (Boston, MA)
  • MS, Human Nutrition, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
  • PhD, Human Nutrition, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

Areas of Interest

  • Population-based survey research
  • Nutrition
  • Physical activity

Courses Taught

  • MPH 7201 Introduction to Survey Methodology
  • MPH 6670 Public Health Perspectives on Maternal and Child Health (co-instructor)
  • MPH 6991 Professional Paper I
  • MPH 6992 Professional Paper II

Dr. Ann Rafferty Curriculum Vitae (PDF)