School of Health and Human Sciences

Assistant Professor
Office: 336-256-0322
Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jared McGuirt was born and raised in rural eastern North Carolina. He has extensive experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community food access programs and policies throughout North Carolina, particularly around local food systems and the retail food environment.

Dr. McGuirt’s primary research interest focuses on evaluating the use of practical and sustainable policies and interventions which address multiple levels of the social-ecological model to improve dietary behaviors and diet-related health outcomes.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Health Disparities, UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Health Behavior
  • Ph.D., Nutrition-Intervention and Policy, UNC, 2016
  • M.P.H., ECU, 2010
  • B.S., Health Education and Promotion, ECU, 2008

Research Interest

Multi-level community and clinical interventions, Food access, Retail food environment, GIS and spatial analysis, Racial and Geographic Health Disparities, Rural Health, Peer Support, Implicit Bias, Systems and Networks

Current Research

  • Examining the impact of a local food access program on dietary habits of low-income families.
  • Examining the impact of retail food policies and programs on community dietary behaviors and diet-related health outcomes.
  • Peer support program for males to improve dietary and health behaviors.
  • Food and physical activity environment as a moderator of health outcomes.

Selected Publications

  • McGuirt JT, Pitts SB, Ward R, Crawford TW, Keyserling TC, Ammerman AS. Examining the influence of price and accessibility on willingness to shop at farmers’ markets among low-income eastern North Carolina women. Journal of nutrition education and behavior. 2014 Jan 31;46(1):26-33.
  • McGuirt JT, Ward R, Elliott NM, Bullock SL, Pitts SB. Factors influencing local food procurement among women of reproductive age in rural eastern and western North Carolina, USA. Journal of agriculture, food systems, and community development. 2014;4(4):143.
  • McGuirt JT, Pitts SB, Ammerman A, Prelip M, Hillstrom K, Garcia RE, McCarthy WJ. A mixed methods comparison of urban and rural retail corner stores. AIMS Public Health, 2015, 2(3): 554-582. doi: 10.3934/publichealth.2015.3.554