Associate Professor, Health Management & Policy
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , Ph.D. and Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Epidemiology; Boston University School of Public Health, MPH; Brown University, BA, Human Biology
Aytur joined the Health Management and Policy Department at UNH in 2009 and teaches courses in health policy, social and behavioral health, and biostatistics.
Prior to joining UNH, Aytur completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research interests focus on relationships between policy, environment, and systems change to promote healthy behaviors and prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. She is particularly interested in health disparities and in relationships between land use, transportation, and environmental policies which affect access to health- promoting resources. Aytur received a dissertation grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to examine the relationships between land use policies, transportation infrastructure investments, physical activity, and obesity. She also received an award in 2008 from the University of North Carolina Center for Urban and Regional Studies to conduct a community-based participatory research project in a rural African-American community, examining the impact of a local Farmer's Market on health behavior. Additionally, Aytur obtained practical public health experience by working in public health departments in several states, focusing on policies related to healthy eating, active living, and chronic disease prevention. She also has experience working in hospital settings, conducting patient-centered outcomes research. Aytur continues to be involved in collaborative, transdisciplinary projects to examine how policy, environment, and systems change can improve population health.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Active Living Research Dissertation Award (2004); University of North Carolina IMPACT award for applied research (2005); University of North Carolina Epidemiology dissertation award (2006); University of North Carolina Center for Urban and Regional Studies award for participatory research in lower-income communities (2008
Aytur is a member of the Society of Policy Scientists, and serves on the Monitoring and Evaluation committee of The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention. She is a contributing editor and reviewer for the American Journal of Health Promotion.