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Deborah A Fortune

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Associate Professor
(919) 530-7927
(919) 530-7985
141-A Miller-Morgan Building


Teaching responsibilities include the following courses: HEDU 3400: Theory and Practice of Health Education, HEDU 3420: Principles of School Health, HEDU 3200: Introduction to Communicable & Chronic Diseases, and HEDU 4120: Org. & Administration of School and Community Health. Serves as the faculty advisor to the Society for Future Educators (SOFHE).


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Deborah A. Fortune, Ph.D., MCHES, FAAHE

Deborah A. Fortune, Ph.D., MCHES, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Education at North Carolina Central University and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist. Prior to her current position, Dr. Fortune was the director of the National HIV & CSHE Project with the American Association for Health Education. She has been a faculty member at the following institutions: East Tennessee State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Marymount University. Dr. Fortune received her B.S. degree in Biology from Mississippi University for Women, M.S. degree in Community Health Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Ph.D. in Public Health Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Fortune has provided instructor training in comprehensive school health education (Growing Healthy curriculum and Teenage Health Teaching Modules), HIV/AIDS for African Americans, youth violence prevention, and cultural diversity in health education. Her research interests include HIV and sexual health among African American college women, youth violence prevention, professional preparation in health education, and faculty and youth mentoring. She has published and made numerous presentations on those topics.

Research Interests

HIV & sexual health among African American college women, professional preparation in health education, youth violence prevention, and faculty & youth mentoring


PhD University of Tennessee, Knoxville 1988
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