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
Office Fax:
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 & 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. (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. https://doi.org/10.1177/2333721420920414

McCulloch E.B., Cuckler A., Valdes E.G., Hughes M.C. (2020) Effectiveness of online training andsupervisor feedback on safe eating and drinking practices for individuals with developmental disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Apr:58(2), 111-125. https://doi.org/10.1352/1934-9556-58.2.111

Hughes, M. C., Baker, T. A., Kim, H., & 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2019.01.004 

Hughes, M. C., Gorman, J. M., Ren, Y., Khalid, S., & Clayton, C. (2019). Increasing access to rural mental health care using hybrid care that includes telepsychiatry. Journal of Rural Mental Health43(1), 30. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000110

Hughes M.C., & Vernon, E. (2019). Closing the gap in hospice utilization for minority Medicare population. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. 5. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2333721419855667

Hughes, M. C., Roedocker, A., Ehli, J., Walz, D., Froehlich, K., White, L., & Binder, B. (2019). A quality improvement project to improve sepsis-related outcomes at an integrated healthcare system. Journal for Healthcare Quality41(6):369-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000193

Hughes, M. C., McCulloch, E., & Valdes, E. (2018). The Impact of Story-Based Video Back Injury Prevention Training on Employee Motivation, Engagement, Knowledge, and Behavior. Occupational Health Science2(2), 203-214. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41542-018-0016-6

Hughes, M. C., McCulloch, E. B., & Valdes, E. G. (2018). Self-monitoring checklists: A tool for connecting training to practice. Innovations in Global Health Professions Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.20421/ighpe2018.04

Hughes, M. C., Yette, E. M., Hannon, P. A., Harris, J. R., Tran, N. M., & Reid, T. R. (2011). Promoting tobacco cessation via the workplace: opportunities for improvement. Tobacco Control20(4), 305-308. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/tc.2010.041038

Hughes, M. C., Patrick, D. L., Hannon, P. A., Harris, J. R., & Ghosh, D. L. (2011). Understanding the decision-making process for health promotion programming at small to midsized businesses. Health Promotion Practice12(4), 512-521. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524839909349162

Hughes, M. C., Hannon, P. A., Harris, J. R., & Patrick, D. L. (2010). Health behaviors of employed and insured adults in the United States, 2004-2005. American Journal of Health Promotion24(5), 315-323. https://doi.org/10.4278/ajhp.080603-QUAN-77

Hughes, M. C., Girolami, T. M., Cheadle, A. D., Harris, J. R., & Patrick, D. L. (2007). A lifestyle-based weight management program delivered to employees: examination of health and economic outcomes. Journal of occupational and environmental medicine49(11), 1212-1217. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e318159489d

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