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Ameena Batada, DrPH

Ameena Batada, DrPH

Adjunct Associate Professor
Public Health Leadership Program

Ameena Batada, Dr.P.H., is a professor in the Health and Wellness Department at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Many years ago, as a rising senior in college, she conducted research to investigate the pre-school conditions in former Bantustan areas of the Northern Transvaal, South Africa. Since then Dr. Batada has been interested in improving child health and education, particularly among disenfranchised populations.

Teaching Interests

SPHG 712 Methods & Measures for Public Health Practice

Community Health Transformations

Place-Based Theory and Practice

Place-Based Research & Evaluation Methods

Key Publications

Utilizing a Data-to-Action approach to cultivate policy research and advocacy skills in community-engaged health promotion courses. Batada A., Thomas A.E., Holtz D. (In press) Pedagogy in Health Promotion.

Soft drinks and premiums with children's meals marketed on the websites of the top restaurant chains worldwide. Batada A. and Thomas A.E (2021). Public Health Nutrition, 24(11), 3437-3441.

Elementary physical education: Cost is personal and social. Chiang E.S., Rioridan K.M., Himelein M.J., Batada, A., Mulhollem, M.L., Padilla M.A (2020). Archives of Psychology, 4(3), 1-13.

Community leadership and participation to increase food access and quality: Notes from the field. Batada A. and Lewis O. (2018). Vanderbilt University Press.

Food cost is the least of my worries: A qualitative study exploring food and beverage purchasing decisions among parents enrolled in the WIC program. Solomon C., Batada A., Zillante A., Hudak K., Kennedy, A. & Racine E.F.  (2018). Journal of Hunger and Environment.


DrPH, Health Communications, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , 2005

MPH, Maternal and Child Health with a Certificate in International Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1999

BA, International Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1995

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