Action-Oriented Community Diagnosis


Students pursuing a master’s degree through the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education enroll in “Action-Oriented Community Diagnosis” (AOCD), a course that requires students to involve themselves with communities to determine – or “diagnose” – the public health issues of that particular group of people.

During the 35 years the course has been taught, more than 1,000 students have worked in 260 North Carolina communities. Dr. Eugenia (Geni) Eng, professor of health behavior and health education, teaches the course. In spring 2006, she and her students won the University’s Engaged Scholarship Award for extraordinary public service at UNC, particularly service efforts that respond to community concerns.


Recent projects include developing services for Latinos in rural Johnston County and finding ways to end homelessness in Orange

Theses and dissertations from other departments of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, along with the community diagnosis papers from 1998 to 2009, are available online, as part of UNC’s growing digital collections.


Last modified: 11/10/22