Anna P. Schenck, PhD

Professor of the Practice Public Health Leadership Program
Associate Dean for Practice Gillings School of Global Public Health
Director Public Health Leadership Program and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health

T:(919) 843-8580

4103 McGavran-Greenberg Hall

CB #7469

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Before joining UNC in 2009, Dr. Schenck worked with the Quality Improvement Organization for North and South Carolina to improve the quality of care provided to Medicare enrollees. In this role, she led two national measurement development projects, one for colorectal cancer screening and one for hospice care.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Schenck worked with a North Carolina local health department, serving first as a health educator and then as the county epidemiologist.

Dr. Schenck has extensive experience in measure development and assessing the scientific soundness of measures. Her passion is developing methods to use data to improve community health outcomes.

She has served on numerous national measurement panels on various topics, including hospice and palliative care, cancer methods, senior health and community preparedness. Dr. Schenck also chairs the scientific advisory committee for the America’s Health Ranking.

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega
2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Representative Courses

PUBH 754 Research Methods for Public Health Practice | Syllabus

PUBH 690 Communicating Science Through Writing | Syllabus

Research Activities

Dr. Schenck's primary research activities involve using new data sources or combining multiple data sources to measure public health outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement. She calls herself an "interventionist epidemiologist" because her interest in data -- and big data -- extend only to the extent to which they can be used to intervene.

Research Interests
  • Aging
  • Cancer
Service Activities

NC Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, 2015

North Carolina State Public Health Laboratory
Facilitator for state laboratory capabilities assessment, 2014

North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Robert J. Greczyn, Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award Committee, 2013

North Carolina Center for Public Health Quality
Advisory Board, 2011 - current

NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Evidence-Based Public Health, 2012

Practice Activities

Dr. Schenck chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Americas Health Ranking, a project sponsored by the United Health Foundation.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Associate dean for practice

Director, Public Health Leadership Program

Director, North Carolina Institute for Public Health

Key Publications

Building the evidence for decision-making: the relationships between local public health capacity and community mortality. Schenck AP, Meyer AM, Kuo TM, Cilenti D (2015). Am J Public Health, 105(Suppl 2), S211-6.

Quality and Outcome Measures, in Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with serious illness: Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Health Care Reform. Hanson LC, Schenck AP, Burstin H. Kelley A, Meier D, (eds).  (1970). Springer Publications.

Quality Improvement Organizations and Continuous Quality Improvement in Medicare, in Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care; Theory, Implementations and Applications. Schenck AP, McArdle J, Weiser R. Sollecito WA, Johnson J (eds). (2013). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Clemson’s Nursing Home: Working with the State Quality Improvement Organization’s Restraint Reduction Initiative in Implementing Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care – A Global Casebook. Rokoske FR, McArdle J, Schenck AP. McLaughlin CP, Johnson JK, Sollecito WA (eds). (2012). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997

MSPH, Health Behavior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983

BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1977