Geni Eng, DrPH

Health Behavior 

Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

360 Rosenau Hall
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Campus Box 7440
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

T: 919-966-3909
F: 919-966-2921

1983          University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill          DrPH, Health Education
1978          University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill          MPH, Health Education
1970          University of Wisconsin                                                   BA, Education and French

HBEH 700          Foundations of Health Behavior                                         Syllabus
HBEH 710          Community Capacity, Competence, and Power          Syllabus

Research interests

  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Global health
  • Health behavior
  • Minority health
  • Public health practice
  • Reproductive health
  • Rural health
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Women’s health

Research activities

Geni Eng focuses on the integration of community development and health education interventions in the rural United States and developing countries. Her current research projects apply community-based research principles to the design and evaluation of lay health advisor interventions and look at the influence of sociocultural factors on STDs and early detection of breast cancer. Dr. Eng directs the Community Health Scholars post-doctoral program. She also serves as principle investigator on the National Cancer Institute-funded Cancer Health Disparities training grant housed in the department. She teaches community organization, cross- cultural aspects of health education practices, community diagnosis and health issues relevant to women, ethnic minorities, and developing nations.

Select publications

Eng E., Parker E. A. (2002).
Natural Helper Models to Enhance a Community’s Competence. In R DiClemente, R Crosby, M Kegler (eds).
Emerging Theories and Models in Health Promotion Research & Practice. Jossey-Bass Publisher: San Francisco, CA

Thomas, J.C., Eng, E., Clark, M., Robinson, J., Blumenthal, C. (1999).
Lay Health Advisors: Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention Through Community Involvement.
American Journal of Public Health, 88, p.1252-1253.

Eng, E., Parker, E. (1994).
Measuring Community Competence in the Mississippi Delta: The Interface Between Program Evaluation and Empowerment.
Health Education Quarterly, 21, p.199-220.

Eng, E. (1993).
The Save Our Sisters Project: A Social Network Strategy for Reaching Rural Black Women.
Cancer, 72, p.1071-1077.

Eng, E., Hatc,h J.W. (1991).
Networking Between Black Churches and Agencies: The Lay Health Advisor Model.
Journal of Prevention in Human Services, 10, p.123-146.