Dorothy C. Browne, DrPH

Adjunct Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
PO Box #51086
Durham, NC 27717


Dorothy C. Browne is a Senior Research Scientist at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, teacher, and researcher in Public Health. She began her academic career at the UNC-CH School of Public Health, gained tenure in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, and Co-founded the Minority Health Research Project, which sponsored the Annual Minority Health Videoconference (now known as the National Health Equity Research Webcast)

Dr. Browne’s research includes high-risk behaviors of African American adolescents, the health of minority communities, and health disparities. In addition to her time at UNC-CH, she has held positions at Morgan State/Johns Hopkins University, North Carolina A & T State University, and Jackson State University, where she was the Inaugural Dean for the only accredited school of public health at an HBCU.

Currently, she is the principal investigator or co-investigator on two projects addressing the impact of COVID19 on communities of color, which are in collaboration with Duke University and the North Carolina Institute of Public Health at UNC-CH. In addition, she has a subcontract with Wake County Human Services to evaluate its Community Innovation Fund designed to strengthen the capacity of community organizations to address health disparities associated with COVID-19.


  • MSW, Community Organization and Research, University of Pittsburgh, 1972
  • MPH, Maternal and Child Health/Health Services Administration, Harvard University School of Public Health (now the T H Chan School of Public Health), 1974
  • DrPH, Maternal and Child Health, Harvard University School of Public Health (now the T H Chan School of Public Health), 1980