Laura Linnan, ScD

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Gillings School of Global Public Health
Research Program Director Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health
Professor Department of Health Behavior

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Laura Linnan is a public health expert and researcher and director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH) with ties to several other UNC programs and centers. She is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior.

Dr. Linnan’s applied intervention research aims to prevent and control chronic diseases, e.g. cancer, CVD/stroke, diabetes and arthritis. She and her team apply community-based participatory research principles to plan, deliver and evaluate interventions in collaboration with individuals from worksites, colleges/universities, beauty and barbershops, public libraries and other settings. She also designs and develops innovative, mixed method, process and outcome evaluations.

She teaches Public Health Intervention and Evaluation (HBEH 752), and recently accepted the position of associate dean for academic and student affairs at the Gillings School.
Representative Courses

Public Health Intervention and Evaluation, HBEH 752 | Syllabus

Research Activities

Cardiovascular disease
Health behavior
Health communication
Minority health
Occupational health
Women's health

Key Publications

Headache and health-related job loss among disadvantaged women. Linda Beeber, Shawn Kneipp, Laura Linnan (2014). Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(5), 316-324.

The effect of weight loss on health, productivity, and medical expenditures among overweight employees. Marcel Bilger, M Bilger, Eric Finkelstein, E Finkelstein, Eliza Kruger, E Kruger, Laura Linnan, L Linnan, Deborah Tate, D Tate (2013). Medical Care, 51(6), 471-477.

A literature synthesis of health promotion research in salons and barbershops. Heather D'Angelo, Cherise Harrington, Laura Linnan (2014). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(1), 77-85.


ScD, Public Health, Harvard University, 1999

MSEd, Public Health, University of Toledo, 1983

BS, Health Education, Indiana State University, 1981