Our Faculty

Our MPH students receive instruction from faculty members based in Asheville and Chapel Hill, NC through a combination of online, face-to-face, and community-based learning.


Ameena Batada, DrPH, MPH, is an associate professor in the Health and Wellness Department at the UNC Asheville. As a rising senior in college, she researched pre-school conditions in the Northern Transvaal, South Africa. Since then, Dr. Batada has been interested in improving child health and education, particularly among disenfranchised populations. At UNC Asheville, Dr. Batada works with community partners to evaluate health and education programs, conduct research to support policy advocacy, and implement intervention studies in schools, churches, and other settings.  She also researches the content of foods marketed to children. Dr. Batada was this the former director of education, research, and outreach at Sesame Workshop India in New Delhi; prior to that, she worked at the Center for Science in the Public Interest where she advocated for national school nutrition standards and limits on marketing junk food to children.


Jill Fromewick, ScD, is an adjunct assistant professor for the UNC Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program and a social epidemiologist and policy and program evaluator at UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC who has more than two decades of public health research and evaluation experience. Guided by a background in both research methods and community outreach, Dr. Fromewick enjoys collaborating with others to collect, analyze, synthesize, and share findings in ways that facilitate decision making and strengthen program impacts. Her research interests include social determinants of health and health behavior, children’s health, and racial equity. Dr. Fromewick received her doctor of science degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.



Amy Joy Lanou, PhD, is an adjunct professor for the UNC Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program and the executive director for the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness. She also serves as chair and professor of the Department of Health and Wellness at UNC Asheville. Dr. Lanou has extensive leadership and management experience in nutrition and health promotion in non-profit, for-profit, and academic settings. She served as director of health promotion at BioSignia and as nutrition director for the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, overseeing nutrition education and outreach programs and advocating for healthier diets. Her research interests include nutrition for the prevention of chronic disease, nutrition and bone health, and how experiential food education impacts what individuals know, think, and do with regard to dietary choices.


Tamarie Macon, PhD, is an assistant professor for UNC Gillings School’s Public Health Leadership Program and the director of community initiatives for MAHEC. Dr. Macon’s public health leadership experience includes stakeholder development, community building, social justice and racial equity work, health policy research, and collegiate instruction. After serving as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate as a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Policy Fellow, she earned a doctorate degree in education and psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Macon completed a postdoctoral fellowship at New York University in the Applied Psychology department. Since moving back to North Carolina, she has been active in many local public health and social service organizations in Western North Carolina, including serving as the director of the permanent supportive housing program at Homeward Bound of WNC and on the board of directors at the YWCA of Asheville.

Sarah Thach, MPH, is the assistant director of the UNC Gillings School’s Masters of Public Health Program in Asheville and a clinical assistant professor in the Public Health Leadership Program. She teaches and develops practicum and culminating experience opportunities for Asheville-based MPH students. For more than twenty-five years, Sarah has actively promoted community health and rural health workforce development in Western North Carolina and West Virginia. She is a graduate of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.





Core Faculty—UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dorothy Celenti, DrPH, Associate Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health

Michael B. Fisher, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Shelley Golden, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior

Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior

Aimee McHale, JMD, MSPH, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Policy Management

Jane Monaco, DrPH, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Christine Tucker, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health

Courtney Woods, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Karin Yeatts, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology


Public Health Leadership Faculty—UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Lori A. Evarts, MPH, PMP, CPH, MBTI, Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program

Rohit Ramaswamy, PhD, Associate Professor, Public Health Leadership Program

Dana Rice, DrPH, Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program

Anna P. Schenck, PhD, Associate Dean for Practice, Director of Public Health Leadership Program

Vaughan Upshaw, DrPH, EdD, Professor of Practice, Public Health Leadership Program


For more information about the UNC Gillings School's MPH Program in Asheville, please contact Scott Schindler, Student Manager, at 828-348-3628 or Scott.Schindler@mahec.net or visit Gillings School's website.