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Marie Lina Excellent, MD, MPH

Marie Lina Excellent, MD, MPH is an assistant professor in the Gillings Public Health Leadership Program

Marie Lina Excellent, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Public Health Leadership Program
  • 1120 McGavran-Greenberg Hall CB #7469 Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Dr. Excellent earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina – Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill, where she currently serves as a postdoctoral research associate and lecturer. She co-teaches with Dr. Anna P. Schenck, PUBH 754 course: Research Frameworks and Methods for Assessing and Improving Population Health.

Dr. Excellent is a physician and Fulbright scholar who joined PHLP in 2014 as a student. Prior to her journey at UNC-Chapel Hill, Dr. Excellent served for almost a decade as Head of HIV/AIDS and Community Health Programs in Maternal and Child Health Teaching Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti until July 2014. In her career, she has successfully led several quality improvement projects and train peers at national level.

She is passionate about health equity, global health, infectious diseases and practice-based research.

Dr. Excellent’ s expertise includes: HIV/AIDS, continuous quality improvement, program evaluation.

Honors and Awards

PHLP Director’s Award for Collaborative Leadership

2016, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

UNC-Graduate School Scholarship

2014-2016, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fulbright Foreign Student Program Scholarship

2014-2016, US Department of State

BIARI (Brown International Advanced Research Institute) Scholarship

2013, Brown University and Santander Universities

Representative Courses

Co-teach PUBH 754 Research Methods for Public Health Practice | Syllabus

SPHG 713.404: Understanding Public Health Issues | Syllabus

PUBH 711: Critical Issues in Global Health | Syllabus

Research Activities

Dr. Excellent conducted the evaluation of the reaccreditation of North Carolina Local Health Departments for improvement in collaboration with the North Carolina Institute of Public Health. She is also involved in the evaluation of the Culture of Health Initiative implemented at UNC-Gillings School of Global Public Health.

•    Continuous quality improvement
•    Antimicrobial resistance
•    Implementation science

Dr. Excellent also holds a Certificate from BIARI (Brown International Advanced Research Institute), for her research on 2013- 35 Years of Advances in HIV/AIDS: What has changed for women?, Brown University, 2013

Service Activities

UNC – Campus Health Services
Advisory Board as a postdoc representative, 2016 – current

Key Publications

A program review of a PEPFAR-funded physician HIV training program for pediatric providers. Davey SE, Koster M, Excellent ML, Gautier J.  (2015). M J AID, 1(1), 1-10.
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Recommendations pour addresser la Resistance aux antimicrobiens en Haiti (translated into English as: Policy and practice recommendations for addressing antimicrobial resistance in Haiti. Excellent ML, Ramaswamy R, Honoré P.  (2016). Info-CHIR, Revue Haitienne de Chirurgie et d’ Anesthesiologie., 3(20), 16-22.

External quality assessment for HIV rapid tests: challenges and opportunities in Haiti. Frantz, J. L., Excellent, M. L., Anselme, R., Buteau, J., Stanislas, M., Boncy, J., & Domercant, J. W.  (2018). BMJ Global Health, 3(6).
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MPH, Public Health Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

Graduate Certificates, Global Health; Community Preparedness and Disaster Management; Non-profit Leadership, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016

Certificate for Basic Curriculum, Improvement Capability, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School, 2015

University Diploma (DU), Institute of Medicine and Applied Epidemiology (IMEA), University Paris VII, 2011

MD, State University Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, 2005

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