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Marie Lina Excellent, MD, MPH (She/Her/Hers/Elle/Ella)

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
  • 4107 Mcgavran Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7469
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Dr. Marie Lina Excellent is a physician by training from Haiti who earned her Master of Public Health in May 2016 from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill thanks to a dual scholarship from Fulbright and UNC. Throughout her career, Dr. Excellent thrived and inspired others through her commitment to improving HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment and is a champion in continuous quality improvement (CQI). During her over a decade of experience, Dr. Excellent led HIV/AIDS department at renowned teaching hospitals in Haiti. Upon her return to Haiti after her MPH, Dr. Excellent served as Technical Advisor for HIV Testing Services (HTS) and CQI for the EQUIP-Haiti then BRIDGE/ISPD projects. She also provided extensive training and mentoring on HIV/AIDS best practices to front-line providers from health facilities supported by USAID/CDC. In her recent endeavors, Dr. Excellent helped Haitian National AIDS Control Program with the development and updates of policies and tools related to HIV/AIDS. She co-authored two HIV/AIDS published articles and presented several posters on HIV/AIDS interventions and CQI at national and international conferences (IHI; BMJ; AIDS 2018 & 2020; ICASA-2019; IAS-2021). She served as a mentor for the International AIDS Society (IAS). Dr. Excellent is passionate about teaching, equity, global health, leadership, community engagement, and implementation science. Dr. Excellent currently serves as an Assistant 

Professor in Public Health Leadership at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her philosophy is “Know to better serve others in need through teamwork!" Dr. Excellent is a core member of the PHLP Anti-racism Co-design Team and serves as an instructor for the following courses: Understanding Public Health Issues (Section of SPHG713); Critical Issues in Global Health (PUBH711); Community Engagement and Leadership in Health (PUBH 781); Leading Quality Improvement in Public Health (PUBH 730). She is also an Advisor/Coach for the Leadership Conversations on Equity webinar series administered by the North Carolina Public Health Leadership Institute (NCPHLI).

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

PUBH 730: Leading Quality Improvement in Public 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

Core member of the PHLP Anti-Racism Team

MPH Comprehensive Exam: Faculty examiner

Member of MPH Leadership in Practice Concentration Admissions Committee in PHLP

Key Publications

Learning needs assessment for multi-stakeholder implementation science training in LMIC settings: findings and recommendations. Turner MW, Bogdewic S, Agha E, Blanchard C, Sturke R, Pettifor A, Salisbury K, Marques AH, Excellent ML, Rajagopal N, Ramaswamy R (2021). Implement Sci, 2.
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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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