Claire Mensack

  • Ph.D., Public Health: Health Promotion Education and Behavior, University of South Carolina
  • MRC, Rehabilitation Counseling, University of South Carolina
  • M.A., Health and Physical Education, University of Delaware
  • B.A., Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Delaware

Claire Mensack is an assistant professor in public health at Lenoir-Rhyne since 2021. She teaches graduate-level courses in the Master of Public Health program.

Her current research interests are centered on rural health and rural gerontology along with the cultural and spiritual influences on health and living among the Amish and other Anabaptist people.

Previously, Mensack was a community health educator with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in Public Health Preparedness and Community Health and Epidemiology. She also taught as an adjunct assistant professor at Newberry College in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Newberry, South Carolina. In addition, she spent many years serving as a volunteer in the South Carolina State Guard and other nonprofit agencies such as the Royal Lao Airborne Association in which she served in both, in the areas of public health preparedness and emergency management.


  • Graduate Certificate in Gerontology
  • Graduate Certificate in Psychiatric Rehabilitation