Dr. Lorraine Alexander is a clinical associate professor and director of distance learning in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Alexander is the distance learning specialist for the UNC Center for Public Health Preparedness and the academic director for the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Graduate Certificate in Field Epidemiology Program. She is also the faculty coordinator for the Department of Epidemiology Master’s Practicum.
Dr. Alexander’s interests include instructional design of online courses, incorporating innovative technologies into public health training and education, competency-based training for public health professionals, e-learning readiness of training participants, instructors and institutions, and infectious disease epidemiology.
Dr. Alexander has extensive experience in instructional design and technical development of Internet-based academic courses, as well as in developing Internet-based courses for public health professionals for continuing education credit. She is involved in the School’s distance learning programs as an instructor, advisor, and consultant. In 1998, Dr. Alexander and Dr. Carl Shy were responsible for designing and teaching the first Internet-based course in the School, the introductory epidemiology course “Epidemiology 160.” She was also integral in the design and development of the courses in the Certificate in Field Epidemiology Program. In addition, the Center’s highly popular Training Web Site, launched in 2003, was conceived and developed by Dr. Alexander. She has also been the project manager for several Internet-based educational projects in the School, including the “Epidemiology Online Training Website” and the Internet-based ERIC Notebook (online periodical in basic epidemiology) for the Epidemiologic Research and Information Center in the Department of Veterans Affairs, the MEASURE Project (Monitoring and Evaluation to ASsess and Use REsults) in the UNC Department of Maternal and Child Health, and the Research Triangle Institute subcontract "Innovative Approaches to Training Clinicians for Bioterrorist Attacks."
Dr. Alexander received her BS from Michigan State University in microbiology and public health in 1980 and then worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health. In 1990, she received her DrPH in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her post-doctoral work on viral heart disease in the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC School of Public Health in 1992.