Elizabeth French, MA

Dean’s Liaison for Special Initiatives
Central AdministrationLecturer
Health Behavior
138 Rosenau Hall
Campus Box 7400
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Chapel Hill 27599-7400
USAT: 919-962-2372
F: 919-966-2921
1994 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MA, English
1986 West Virginia University BA, English and History
HBEH 727 Patient Advocacy: Healing the Healthcare System  Syllabus
HBEH 812 Professional Development  Syllabus
Research interests

  • Health care delivery
  • Health communication
  • Health policy
Research 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

Primary teaching areas

  • HBHE 727, Patient Advocacy
  • Writing in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities
  • HBHE 812, Professional Development

Primary Research area

  • Patient and health advocacy
Staff/administrative responsibilities

General administration of schoolwide initiatives, including SPH2020 initiatives.

Lecturer availability

  • Advisor on a special project
  • Classroom or continuing education lecture
  • Student practice supervision
  • Practicum preceptor

Key publications
French, EA, Gilkey, MB and Earp, JA (2009)
Issue Brief: Patient Advocacy: Putting the Vocabulary of Patient-Centered Care into Action.
NCMJ: vol.70(2), p.114-120.

Earp, JA, French, EA, Gilkey, MB (2007)
Patient Advocacy for Health Care Quality: Strategies for Achieving Patient-Centered Care.
Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA, p.1-614.

Gilkey, MB, Earp, JA, and French, EA (2008)
Applying Health Education Theory to Patient Safety Programs: Three Case Studies.
Health Promotion Practice: vol.vol. 9(2), p.123-129.