Janice K. Sommers, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor Department of Nutrition

T:(919) 843-5245


2004 Michael Hooker Research Center

CB #7461

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Ms. Sommers is a Clinical Assistant Professor and long-time public health practitioner at community and state health departments. She is interested in bridging the gap between research and practice in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, obesity and chronic disease prevention. She was the director of the Center for Training and Research Translation (Center-TRT) at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. The Center TRT packages and disseminates evidence-informed interventions to public health practitioners, and provides web-based training on evidence-based practice. Ms. Sommers teaches graduate courses in counseling and communication, public health nutrition management including community assessment, program planning and evaluation, and program management and administration. She works primarily with students enrolled in the master’s programs who concentrate in public health nutrition practice.

Honors and Awards

NC Prevention Partners Award for Individual Excellence

NC Public Health Association Women’s and Children’s Health Excellence Award

Glaxo Smith Kline Child Health Recognition Award (Individual Recognition Award Nominee)

Representative Courses

NUTR 630 Nutrition Counseling, Communication and Culture

NUTR 720 Public Health Nutrition Management I

NUTR 725 Public Health Nutrition Management II

Public Health Nutrition Internship

Advanced Nutrition Experience

NUTR 992 Masters Paper

Research Interests
  • Health Equity
  • Implementation Science
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Obesity
Staff/Administrative Duties

Nutrition Department representative to the Association of Graduate Programs in Public Health Nutrition

Member, Nutrition Department Diversity Committee 

Member, Nutrition MPH Degree Committee

Member, SPH CEPH Masters and Practice sub-Committees


MPH, Nutrition, University of North Carolina, 1980

BS, Chemical and Cell Biology, Rutgers University, 1976