Elizabeth French, MA

Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives Dean's Office
Lecturer Department of Health Behavior

T:(919) 962-2372

F:(919) 966-2921


138 Rosenau Hall

CB# 7400

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Ms. French's tasks include:

- Working across the School to help plan, implement and communicate about initiatives, collaborations and partnerships (e.g. Gillings Global Gateway, CEPH, diversity)

- Manage programs and coordinate special committees and initiatives, including SPH2020

- Play a key role on the SPH2020 task forces

- Provide editorial support for School documents, webpages, brochures and other materials

- Facilitate committee management and nominations of SPH faculty and staff for key University and Schoolwide awards, such as distinguished professorships, as well as from other organizations (e.g. ASPPH)

- Serves as a member of the Coordination Group

Representative Courses

Patient Advocacy: Healing the Healthcare System, HBEH 727 | Syllabus

Research Activities

Research interests
Health care delivery
Health communication
Health policy
Patient and health advocacy

Service Activities

Over ten years of work on projects that define and explore Patient Advocacy as a public health area

Sponsored two national conferences on patient advocacy
Co-edited a book, Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality (2008)
Co-guest edited March/April 2009 issue of the NC Medical Journal, which was focused on patient advocacy
Instructor for 3-credit interdisciplinary graduate seminar on patient advocacy

Staff/administrative responsibilities
General administration of schoolwide initiatives, including SPH2020 initiatives.

Health Behavior Adjunct availability
Advisor on a special project
Classroom or continuing education lecture
Student practice supervision
Practicum preceptor

Key Publications

Issue Brief: Patient Advocacy: Putting the Vocabulary of Patient-Centered Care into Action. French, EA, Gilkey, MB and Earp, JA (2009).

Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality: Strategies for Achieving Patient-Centered Care. Earp, JA, French, EA, Gilkey, MB  (2007).

Applying Health Education Theory to Patient Safety Programs: Three Case Studies. Gilkey, MB, Earp, JA, and French, EA (2008).


MA, English, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994

BA, English and History, West Virginia University, 1986