Dr. Lorraine Alexander

Lorraine Alexander, DrPH

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Faculty Director - Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology
Public Health Leadership Program


Lorraine Alexander, DrPH, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (UNC GSGPH). She is the Director of Interprofessional Education and Practice for UNC GSGPH and is a member of the university-wide Office of Interprofessional Education and Practice. Dr. Alexander is also the Faculty Director for the Online Certificate in Field Epidemiology Graduate Program.  

Dr. Alexander has over 20 years of experience in distance education, competency-based curriculum design, workforce development and evaluation in the field of public health. She has been involved with interprofessional education and practice at UNC since 2014, developing interprofessional courses, activities and advising the Gillings Interprofessional Student Group. Dr. Alexander is also part of the North Carolina Partnership for Excellence in Applied Epidemiology, which is an applied public health research, educational and practice collaboration between the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (The Department of Epidemiology and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and the School of Medicine).

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

Impact of an Interprofessional Population Health Course and Clinical Immersion Experience: Students and Practice Outcomes. Zomorodi, Meg PhD, RN, CNL; de Saxe Zerden, Lisa PhD, MSW; Nance-Floyd, Betty PhD, RN, CNE, CNL, Alexander, Lorraine DrPH, MPH, Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, and Julie Byerley, MD, MPH.  (2017). Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 9( ), 91-94.

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.

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