Wilson Majee

Wilson Majee

PhD, MPH, MBA

Associate Professor

Faculty, Health and Rehabilitation Science

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Current position

  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences
  • Associate Professor, Master of Public Health Program

Educational background

  • Ph.D. – Development Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
  • M.B.A. – International Business, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2015
  • M.P.H. – Health Promotion and Policy, University of Missouri, 2012
  • M.S. – Economics, University of Zimbabwe, 1992
  • B.S. – Economics, University of Zimbabwe, 1990

Classes taught

  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Global Health (P_HLTH 7610) – Graduate Course
  • Healthcare in the United States (HLTH_SCI 4300)
  • Global Health (HLTH_SCI 3400)
  • Healthcare Organization and Leadership (HLTH_SCI 4895)
  • Health and Community Development [HLTH SCI 4450]

Research interests

  • Community leadership development
  • Community engagement
  • Community health promotion

My overarching research goal is to explore, identify and implement place-based approaches to health and well-being of those living in resource-limited communities. One longstanding community development challenge is to transform resource-limited areas into sustainable and resilient communities. Unfortunately, the history of community health efforts in impoverished and rural areas has largely been a tale of short-term, top-down, funded projects that disappear when the grant ends, leaving communities jaded and once again underserved. I work to create sustainable, real-world community health initiatives that live on after grants end because they are derived from and driven by the community members themselves. My work closes knowledge and practice gaps using a socioecological approach to multi-level individual, family and place-based factors affecting health and well-being. The interdisciplinary nexus of community leadership development, community engagement, and health promotion is the center of my work.

Selected publications

  • Anakwe, A. Majee, W., Noel-London, K., Zachary I, & BeLue, R. (2021). Sink or swim: Virtual life challenges among African American families during COVID-19 lockdown. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 18(8), 4290; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18084290
  • Majee, W., Conteh, N., Jacobs, J., Jooste K, & Wegner, L. (2021). Rural voices: A social-ecological perspective on factors influencing youth substance use in rural South Africa. Health & Social Care in the Community, https://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13292
  • Remy, L. M., Majee, W., Teti, M., & Enriquez, M. (2020). Perceptions of black men who have sex with men about accessing and taking PrEP: A qualitative study. Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services, 1-20. https://doi.org/10.1080/15381501.2020.1824843 
  • Pulse, K., Jooste, K., & Majee, W. (2020). Closing the gap: An exploration of nurse managers’ support to midwives in implementing HIV/AIDS testing and counselling within protocol. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 22(2): 1-19 https://doi.org/10.25159/2520-5293/4882
  • Majee, W., Schopp, L, Johnson, L., Anakwe, A., Rhoda, A., & Frantz, J. (2020). Emerging from the shadows: Intrinsic and extrinsic factors facing community health workers in Western Cape, South Africa. International Journal for Environmental Research and Public Health 17(9), 3199 https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093199

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May 10, 2022

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