Elizabeth Tait


School of Health Sciences
Assistant Professor, Master of Health Sciences

Office Address: Health & Human Sciences Building, Office 442
Email: mailto:emtait@email.wcu.edu

Phone: 828-227-2657

Research Interests:

  • Gerontology, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Helping people age well!

Areas of Expertise:

  • Research Methods


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Charlotte, Health Services Research
  • M.H.S., Western Carolina University, Gerontology
  • B.A. University of North Carolina Asheville, Computer Science

Published Research

  • "Reasons Why Older Americans Use Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Costly or Ineffective Conventional Medicine and Recommendations from Health Care Providers, Family and Friends," Educational Gerontology
  • "Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Physical Performance, Energy, Immune Function, and General Health among Older Women and Men in the United States," Journal of Women on Aging
  • "Praying for Health by Older Adults in the United States: Differences by Ethnicity, Gender, and Income," Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging
  • "Use of Dietary Supplements for Cognitive Health: Results of a National Survey of Adults in the United States," American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementia.

Graduate Courses Taught Include:

  • MHS 510 - Systms and Policy in Health Care
  • MHS 530 - Theoretical Foundations Public Health
  • MHS 564 - Cost Containment
  • MHS 630 - Medicare and Medicaid
  • MHS 664 - Legal Environment
  • MHS 675 - Research Methodology in the Health Sciences
  • MHS 696 - Research Seminar
  • MHS 698 - Research Project

Committee Work and Other Interests:

  • Aging Projects incorporated - Web based initiative to support people's desire to age in place.
  • Advance Directives - Writing/sharing your final wishes with those you love, so those who love you don't have to guess. Trained facilitator to educate the community on the purpose and need for establishing a Health Care POA and written Advance Directives.
  • Senior Tarheel Legislators - a Community/College partnership to help the elder community in Swain and Jackson Counties age in place
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