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Aleks Babic

Assistant Professor of Public Health


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Aleks Babić (they/them) is an Assistant Professor of Public health and the chair/coordinator of the Public Health major. They are a Guilford College alum, class of 2007, who joined the Guilford faculty in 2016. 

Aleks is an interdisciplinary public health educator who studies inclusive and innovative public health pedagogy, and identity-based chronic stress as a social determinant of health, based on race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. 
Aleks’ approach to teaching is rooted in their early experiences as a first generation immigrant and college student. They center the balance between student wellbeing and academic rigor by conducting needs and asset assessments each semester and designing their courses around contemporary socio-political issues relevant to students’ lives.  
“They prioritize getting to know their students academically and personally. And I believe that exemplifies Guilford’s values and why many students go here… They push me to be the best me that I can be and motivate me to see that a lot of doors are open for my future. Being far away from home it is nice to have someone like that in my life and makes Guilford feel like home.” — Senior Public Health major
Aleks was born and raised in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and, after escaping the Yugoslavian civil war, immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee. Aleks is also an award-winning knitter and wool spinner.


University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Ph.D., 2016
Concentration: Community Health Education
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, M.P.H., 2009
Public Health Education Concentration: Community Health Education
Guilford College, B.A., 2007
Political Science and Psychology

Selected Scholarship

  • Babic, A. & Bernal, A. (2022 November 5). Creation and distribution of short form audio documentaries/podcasts as a tool for health communication and education about global health among college students [Poster session].150th Annual Conference of the American Public Health Association, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Babic, A. & Bernal, A. (2022 March 29). Short form audio documentary/podcast as a tool for public health education [Workshop] Teaching & Learning Innovation Conference, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. 
  • Pharr, S., Holland, T., Babic, A., & Matheis, C. (2022 March 24). Reflections on liberation: Fighting the Right, intersections, and movement work for justice, A Workshop with Suzanne Pharr [Workshop] Love, Sex, & Justice in the South: Southeastern Women’s Studies Association Conference, virtual.  
  • Riskind, R., & Babic, A. (2022 October 21). Gender diversity, sexual orientation, and intersectionality in the time of COVID [Faculty development workshop session]. Center for Principled Problem Solving and Excellence in Teaching, Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. 
  • Tornello, S. L., Riskind, R.G., Babic, A. (2018). Transgender and gender non-binary parents’ pathways to parenthood. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 6(2), 232-241.
  • Global Health Student Podcasts:

Courses Taught

PBH 101: Introduction to Public Health
PBH 201: Global Health
PBH 301: Epidemiology
MYCQ 100: Initiate
IDS 450: Health Disparities in Marginalized Populations