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Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Biographical Information

Dr. Kowitt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She received her MPH and PhD from the Department of Health Behavior in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC. She was trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods, health behavior theory, and study design. She has over ten years of experience in public health research.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Kowitt’s research focuses on tobacco prevention and control and chronic disease management. Within those two fields, she is most interested in examining how policies and neighborhood characteristics affect behaviors and health outcomes, particularly among youth and young adults. She has published more than 45 peer-reviewed papers in journals including Health Affairs, PLoS One, Journal of Adolescent Health, Health & Place, Tobacco Control, and Nicotine and Tobacco Research. In 2020, she served as an expert panel member on a SAMSHA evidence-based guide on reducing youth and young adult vaping. Dr. Kowitt’s additional research interests include health communication, alcohol and tobacco co-use, and marijuana use.

Curriculum Vitae

Kowitt CV 07.2020

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  • Department of Family Medicine

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    590 Manning Drive

    Chapel Hill, NC 27599