Gillings School Directory

Jo Anne Earp, ScD

Jo Anne Earp, ScD

Professor Emeritus
Department of Health Behavior
  • 323D Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Jo Anne Earp, ScD, is a medical sociologist whose research focuses on the role of social and attitudinal factors in explaining variation in health behaviors. She is a professor emeritus in the Department of Health Behavior. She joined the faculty in 1974 and served as chair for more than 13 years.

Major scholarly interests concern barriers preventing older minority women from getting mammograms and pap smears, community and physician strategies for overcoming these barriers, and factors responsible for high risk behaviors among person with, or at risk for, STDs and AIDS. Her work emphasizes patient advocacy strategies for achieving patient-centered care as well as dissemination of evidence-based interventions.

Earp has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is editor of the first textbook on patient advocacy and patient-centered quality of care.  A long-term study led by Dr. Earp, the North Carolina-Breast Cancer Screening Project, was designated a Research-tested Intervention Program by the National Cancer Institute. As an adviser and classroom instructor, Earp has won several awards from the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the University for her mentoring and teaching.

Representative Courses

HBEH 765 Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar | Syllabus

Research Activities

Research interests
Cancer prevention and control
Health behavior
Health care delivery
Health communication
Health disparity reduction
Minority health
Patient advocacy
Sexually transmitted diseases
Women's health

Key Publications

Oncology Providers’ Perspectives on Endocrine Therapy Prescribing and Management. Wheeler, S.B., Roberts, M., Bloom, D., Reeder-Hayes, K., Espada, M, Peppercorn, J., Golin, C., Earp, J.A. (2016). Journal of Patient Preference and Adherence, Sep 30.

Upending the social ecological model to guide health promotion efforts toward policy and environmental change. Golden, S.D., McLeroy, K.R., Green, L.W., Earp, J.A., Lieberman, L.D (2015). Health Education and Behavior, 42(1 suppl):8S-14S.

Care Transitions in Childhood Cancer Survivorship: Providers' Perspectives. Mouw Mary S., Wertman Eleanor A., Barrington Clare, and Earp Jo Anne L (2016). Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology.


ScD, Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 1974

BA, English, Bryn Mawr College, 1965

Recent News