Elisabeth K. Baynard, M.S., Lecturer

BaynardElisabeth K. Baynard received her MS in Community Health Education from West Virginia University. Having worked in the public school system and for a community mental health agency in West Virginia, she then moved to North Carolina in 1999 and began a career in public health. For two decades, she has cultivated a role as a public health educator in the implementation of local, state, and national initiatives to improve both individual and population health status and equity, and to reduce the burden of disease and health disparities. The majority of her work efforts have centered around chronic disease prevention and substance abuse prevention (specifically tobacco prevention and control), with a large focus on policy work. Baynard developed her policy experience as Director of Program Development with the North Carolina Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch (2007-2012), where she specialized in local policy implementation and statewide consultation regarding tobacco-free government regulations.

Baynard has taught courses in Healthcare Management and Public Health degree programs, with topics including Health and Wellness, Human Sexuality, Substance Abuse Prevention, Research and Evaluation, Health Policy, Public Health Practice, Strategic Planning, and Capstone. In addition to her graduate degree, she has completed postgraduate work at UNC Chapel Hill in Core Public Health Concepts, the Management Academy for Public Health (MAPH), and co-authored an article in a special edition of the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice on the MAPH experience. An initiate of Chi Omega women’s fraternity, Baynard continues to serve as a volunteer and chapter advisor.