Department of Health Policy and Management

Sharita R. Thomas

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Sharita R. Thomas

Health Policy and Management PhD Candidate
Minor: Health Politics and Policy
Email: sharita.thomas@unc.edu

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Sharita R. Thomas is a public health and health policy researcher with a desire to leverage population-based, sociological, and experimental models to identify and assess community-level drivers of health outcomes in order to inform and support corrective and effective policy. She received her Masters of Public Policy, with a focus in Health Policy, from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and her Bachelors of Science in Health Policy and Administration with a Minor in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University. Prior to seeking a PhD, Sharita was a research associate with the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program at the Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research with a particular focus on health disparities and qualitative research methods. Her PhD research interests include the study of perceived race and ethnicity, natural and built environment, economic development, and population health to understand how these factors impact and vary policies over time and across units of geography (typically community or county-level).