Alumni Association Awards

Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award

Established in 1975, the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the achievements of alumni and their contributions to public health. Each year, it honors a deserving graduate of the School working full-time in public health or in a related field.

The award carries the name of its 1980 recipient, the late Harriet Hylton Barr, to honor her contributions to public health. Barr, who earned her MPH from UNC in 1948, dedicated 28 years of service to the School. She was a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and she was the School’s first director of alumni affairs. For a list of past recipients, and to read more about Harriett Hylton Barr, please go here.

The Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award

The Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award was established in 1986 by the School’s Alumni Association in honor of Bernard Greenberg, PhD, a visionary leader who founded the Department of Biostatistics in 1949 which he led for more than 20 years before going on to serve as dean of the School of Public Health from 1972-1982. The award is presented to an outstanding full-time faculty member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service.

The major criterion for the award is continuous demonstrated excellence over a number of years in service to the broad public health community. The award is intended for a mid-career faculty member as an incentive for continued excellence in these three areas. The award includes a cash prize of $12,000 annually for three years. For additional information and a list of past recipients, please go here.


2017 Awards presented at 49th Annual Foard Lecture

Sara (Sally) Pritchard Herndon, MPH, and Suzanne Maman, PhD, were honored with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s most prestigious awards for alumni and faculty at a ceremony preceding the annual Fred T. Foard Jr. Memorial Lecture on April 27.

The Barr Award
Sally Herndon

Sally Herndon

Sara (Sally) Pritchard Herndon, MPH, a 1980 Gillings School graduate in health education (now the Department of Health Behavior) and head of the Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health, was chosen for The Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award. Complete article.


The Greenberg Award
Dr. Suzanne Maman

Dr. Suzanne Maman

Suzanne Maman, PhD, professor of health behavior, was selected for the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award. Maman earned a doctorate in international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2000, and she joined the Gillings School faculty in 2005. Complete article.