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Lorraine Alexander, DrPH

Lorraine Alexander, DrPH

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Faculty Director - Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology
Public Health Leadership Program
Director of Distance Learning
North Carolina Institute for Public Health

Dr. Lorraine Alexander is a faculty member in epidemiology and is the distance learning specialist for the North Carolina Institute for Public Health and the academic director for the Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology. She is also the faculty coordinator for the Department of Epidemiology Master’s Practicum.

Dr. Alexander has extensive experience in instructional design and technical development of both Internet-based academic courses and continuing education courses for public health professionals. In 1998, Dr. Alexander developed the first Internet-based course in the school. She was also integral in the design and development of the courses in the Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology.

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health’s highly popular training website, launched in 2003, was conceived and developed by Dr. Alexander. In 2012, Dr. Alexander competitively obtained UNC funding to develop the first MOOC on introductory epidemiology for Coursera.

Dr. Alexander also has an interest in population health management and interprofessional healthcare team education and training. She is a co-instructor for PUBH 810 Population Health in Health Care, and for PUBH 811 Population Health in Healthcare: Field Experience and a contributing instructor for NURS 799 Population Health: Interprofessional Management in a Changing Healthcare System.

Honors and Awards


2007, Delta Omega Society (National Scholastic Honor Society in Public Health)

Elected Member

2007, Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society

The Pat Mitchell Award

1993, North Carolina American Heart Association (Most Meritorious Fellowship Applicant)

Student Honoree

1988, School of Public Health Alumni Association

Representative Courses

Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (EPID 600)

Fundamentals of Public Health Surveillance (EPID 750:) | Syllabus

Methods and Principles of Applied Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EPID 758) | Syllabus

Methods in Field Epidemiology (EPID 759)

Population Health in Health Care (PUBH 810)

Key Publications

Development of a training web site for public health preparedness continuing education. Alexander LK, Wallace JW, Wilfert RA, Horney J (2008). J Interact Instr Dev, 20(1), 28-38.

Partnering to meet training needs: A communicable disease continuing education course for public health nurses. Alexander LK, Dail K, Davis MV, et al.  (2008). Public Health Reports, suppl. 2, 123.

Filling the Gap: Providing Formal Training for Epidemiologists through a Graduate-Level Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology. Pia D. M. MacDonald, Lorraine K Alexander, Amy Ward, MA Mary V. Davis, DrPH, MSPH (2008). Public Health Reports, 123.


DrPH, Biohazard Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990

MPH, Biohazard Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985

BS, Microbiology / Public Health, Michigan State University, 1980

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