Wilson Majee

Wilson Majee


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

  • Majee W, Anakwe A, Onyeaka K, & Harvey, I.S. (2022). The past is so present: Understanding COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among African American adults using Qualitative data. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities,1-13 Online ahead of print. DOI:10.1007/s40615-022-01236-3
  • David I., Kehinde S., Onyeaka K., Tefera G, Harvey S.I., & Majee W. (2022). COVID-19 and higher education: A qualitative study on the experiences of African international students in the Midwest. Applied Research in Quality of Lifehttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11482-022-10095-3
  • 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 Communityhttps://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.13292
  • 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

In the news

May. 10, 2022

A family reunited