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Brook Alemu

Brook Alemu

Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2647
Office: 110 Health and Human Sciences Building
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Dr. Alemu is a trained health services researcher and epidemiologist who has a demonstrated commitment to improving global health through the use of sound policies derived from evidence-based social, behavioral and biomedical research. As a public health researcher, Dr. Alemu has engaged in problem identification and solving using rigorous methodological rationale to analyze data, draw conclusions and communicate results. His research interest lies in diabetes, maternal and child health, and infectious diseases in underserved communities. Dr. Alemu also understands that the immense disease burdens in these communities are embedded in a broader context of individual and environmental risk factors. Dr. Alemu’s cross-cultural work experience and interdisciplinary educational background have made him realize the importance of teamwork and collaboration.


  • Ph D, Old Dominion University, Health Services Research
  • MPH, Eastern Virginia Med Sch of Me, Epidemiology
  • MA, Addis Ababa University, Development Economics
  • BA, Addis Ababa University, Economics

Teaching Interests

HSCC 472: Principles of Epidemiology<br>HSCC 330: Legal and Legislative Aspect of Healthcare<br>HSCC 470: Research Methods and Analysis in Health Sciences<br>HSCC 311: Systems and Trends in Health Care

Research Interests

Big Data Analysis<br>Substance Use Disorder<br>Maternal and Child Health<br><br>Although Dr. Alemu’s research mainly uses large national and state level datasets to addressing some of the most pressing public health issues, he is also interested in developing prospective studies that are relevant and impactful to vulnerable populations and underserved communities.

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