School of Applied Health and Medical Sciences Faculty

Dr. Salimah El-Amin - Chair, Department of Public Health Science

altDr. Salimah El-Amin is a behavioral scientist, peer-reviewed subject matter expert in HIV/AIDS, sexual transmitted diseases, black infant mortality and healthcare providers sexual health practices research.


  • DrPH Doctor of Public Health (2011) Florida A&M University
  • MPH in Community Health and Prevention (2005) Drexel University
  • B.S. in Biology (1999) North Carolina Central University

Professional Memberships

  • North Carolina Public Health Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • National Commission for Health Education

Current Professional and Research Interests

  • Increasing the number of health care providers that are properly trained in sexual history elicitation
  • Investigating the role of support in adolescent pregnancy outcomes
  • Investigating HBCU student beliefs, practices and attitudes towards sexually transmitted disease prevention

Public Health interests include:

  • Reducing the burden of health disparities among minority women and adolescents
  • Improving black infant mortality in the U.S.

Dr. Derrick L. Sauls - Chair, Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Athletic Training

altDr. Derrick L. Sauls is a researcher who has been involved in investigating the cause and effects of several diseases, cancer, HIV, diabetes, cardiovascular and mental retardation.


  • Ph.D. in Nutrition/Food Science (2003) North Carolina State University
  • M.S. in Health Science/Physiology (1990) Northeastern University
  • B.S. in Zoology (1981) North Carolina State University

Current Professional and Research Interests

  • Investigating the deleterious effects of diabetes and the coagulation proteins involved in thrombosis
  • Strategies for treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease
  • Increasing the number health care providers in the areas of Athletic Training and Exercise Science
  • Nutritional interventions as potential strategies to prevent exercise-induced muscle injuries
  • Nutritional therapies for rehabilitation and repair of muscle injuries
  • Intensive coursework and preparation of undergraduates for professional/graduate schools
  • The effect of exercise on African-American males with sickle cell trait.