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Fabrice Julien, PhD, MPH, MA

Fabrice Julien, PhD, MPH, MA

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program

Dr. Fabrice Julien is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health with the Public Health Leadership Program. He received his Ph.D. in Medical Sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his M.P.H. from the University of New Hampshire. His “T-shaped” training in health disparities enables him to move across domains and to speak to several disciplines. Dr. Julien’s interdisciplinary background includes training in public health, social medicine, sociology and political science. His scholarly work is broadly centered around the social determinants of health, with a focus on understanding and minimizing health care disparities. His dissertation explored the interdisciplinary association between social standing, academic stressors and the psychological well-being of immigrant youth. Other areas that his research explores include aging, health care access and utilization, and HIV prevention strategies. His past works have been funded through grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His recent work on race, ethnicity and social characteristics in health care disparities can be read in Research in the Sociology of Health Care (Volume 38).

Aside from scholarship, pedagogy remains incredibly important to Dr. Julien. He is very passionate about working with undergraduate and graduate students and employs service-learning as an engagement tool.

Dr. Julien is a naturalized U.S. citizen, originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Teaching Interests

PUBH 729: Migration and Health

Key Publications

Is Ambition Consequential for Immigrant Youth? Exploring The Association Between Educational Expectations and Depressive Outcomes. Julien, Fabrice S. (In Progress)

Exploring Immigrant Youth Attitudes on Educational Attainment Expectations. Julien, Fabrice S. (In Progress)

Place, Family and Changes in Social Support: A Cross-National Analysis of Older Adults in Mexico and China. Julien, Fabrice S., Valles, Jessica, Acharya, Sanjeev, and Patricia Drentea (in preparation)

“How Ethnic Self-Identification Informs the Association Between Perceived Discrimination and Depressive Symptomatology in Caribbean Children.”. Julien, Fabrice S., and Patricia Drentea (2020). Research in the Sociology of Health of Health Care, 38.


PhD, Medical Sociology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

MA, Sociology, The University of Alabama at Birmingham

BA, Political Science, The University of Georgia

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