M. Courtney Hughes, Ph.D., M.S.

M. Courtney Hughes
Title: Associate Professor
Division: Health Studies
Unit: Public Health
Office Location: 257 Wirtz
Office Phone: 815-773-8144
Email: courtneyhughes@niu.edu

Courses Taught

  • PHHE 601: Introduction to Health Systems in the United States
  • PHHE 539/439: Funding for Programs in Public Health
  • PHHE 469: Principles of Health Planning
  • PHHE 455: Public Health Epidemiology
  • PHHE 295: Introduction to Public Health


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, School of Public Health, Health Services
  • M.S., University of Michigan, Kinesiology
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, Finance and Business Economics (second major, Computer Applications)

Research Interests

  • Health behavior and health education
  • Disparities and social determinants of health
  • Hospice and palliative care
  • Workplace health promotion

Selected Publications

Hughes M.C., Vernon E., Kowalczyk M., and Basco-Rodillas M. (2021). US hospices’ approach to racial/ethnic minority inclusion: A qualitative study. BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care.

Hughes M.C. and Vernon E. (2020). "We are here to assist all individuals who need hospice services": Hospices’ perspectives on improving access for racial/ethnic minorities. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. 6.

Hughes M.C., Baker T.A., and Kim, H. (2020). Disparities in health behavior risks among employed and unemployed Black and White older adults. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. Vol 13(2):36-50.

Hughes M.C., and Vernon E. (2020). Hospice respond to COVID-19: Promoting sustainable inclusion strategies for racial and ethnic minorities. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Vol 64(2):101-105

McCulloch E.B., Cuckler A., Valdes E.G., and Hughes M.C. (2020). Effectiveness of online training and supervisor feedback on safe eating and drinking practices for individuals with developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Apr:58(2), 111-125.

Hughes M.C., Henry B.W., Kushnick M.R. (2020). Teaching during the pandemic? An opportunity to enhance curriculum. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. Vol 6(4): 235-238

Hughes, M.C., Baker, T. A., Kim, H., and Valdes, E. G. (2019). Health behaviors and related disparities of insured adults with a health care provider in the United States, 2015–2016. Preventive Medicine, 120, 42-49.

Hughes M.C., Gorman, J. M., Ren, Y., Khalid, S., and Clayton, C. (2019). Increasing access to rural mental health care using hybrid care that includes telepsychiatry. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 43(1), 30.

Hughes M.C. and Vernon, E. (2019). Closing the gap in hospice utilization for minority Medicare population. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. 5.

Hughes M.C., Roedocker, A., Ehli, J., Walz, D., Froehlich, K., White, L., and Binder, B. (2019). A quality improvement project to improve sepsis-related outcomes at an integrated healthcare system. Journal for Healthcare Quality. 41(6):369-75.

Hughes M.C., McCulloch, E., and Valdes, E. (2018). The impact of story-based video back injury prevention training on employee motivation, engagement, knowledge, and behavior. Occupational Health Science, 2(2), 203-214.

Hughes M.C., McCulloch E. B., and Valdes E. G. (2018). Self-monitoring checklists: A tool for connecting training to practice. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education.

Hughes M.C., Yette E. M., Hannon P.A., Harris J.R., Tran N.M., and Reid T.R. (2011). Promoting tobacco cessation via the workplace: opportunities for improvement. Tobacco Control, 20(4), 305-308.

Hughes M.C., Patrick D.L., Hannon P.A., Harris J.R., and Ghosh D.L. (2011). Understanding the decision-making process for health promotion programming at small to midsized businesses. Health Promotion Practice, 12(4), 512-521.

Hughes M.C., Hannon P.A., Harris J.R., and Patrick D.L. (2010). Health behaviors of employed and insured adults in the United States, 2004-2005. American Journal of Health Promotion, 24(5), 315-323.

Hughes M.C., Girolami T.M., Cheadle A.D., Harris J.R., and Patrick D.L. (2007). A lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees: examination of health and economic outcomes. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine, 49(11), 1212-1217.

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