Melva Okun, DrPH


Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Behavior

Senior Health Program Manager
NC Prevention Partners

NC Prevention Partners

NC Prevention Partners
88 Vilcom Circle
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

1999 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill DrPH, Health Policy and Administration
1982 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MEd, Instructional Design
Research interests

  • Health communication
  • Health policy
Research activities


  • With NC Prevention Partners since February 2002 where she manages the Healthy NC Hospitals Initiative
  • Doctorate in the Public Health Leadership program and Master’s of Education in Instructional Design, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Extensive experience training healthcare professionals
  • Integral in helping NC hospitals develop and implement policies to be 100% tobacco-free campus wide. NC hospitals led the nation in this initiative.
  • Works with hospital leaders to increase their efforts and support for hospital employees and patients to quit the use of tobacco
  • Works with hospital leaders, local health directors and boards of health on environmental and health issues
  • Enjoys mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and supervises interns for NC Prevention Partners

Primary teaching areas

  • Tobacco cessation policies
  • Implementing health food policies

Primary Research areas

  • Tobacco-free campus policies
  • Comparative approaches to tobacco cessation
Staff/administrative responsibilities

As HB adjunct:

    • Capstone preceptor
    • Classroom or continuing education lecture
    • Faculty research collaboration
    • HB Student Career Information Day volunteer
    • Practicum preceptor