Posts Categorized: Alumni News

NAP SACC program educates care providers and parents; improves children’s health, study finds

April 7, 2014 Educating parents and child-care providers about nutrition and physical activity can reap benefits for obese preschoolers, according to a study conducted by a research team that included Jonathan B. Kotch, MD, MPH, research professor of maternal and child health at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.  The article was published online… Read more »

HB alumnus Bernhardt to lead new health communication center at University of Texas

March 20, 2014 Jay M. Bernhardt, PhD, former director of the National Center for Health Marketing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and alumnus of UNC’s public health school, has been named founding director of The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication’s new Center for Health Communication, effective July… Read more »

Gifts from alumni Stangl and Raymond inspire three scholarships for international students

March 5, 2014 The Gillings School of Global Public Health has announced the awarding of three new scholarships to current international students Nnaemeka (Emeka) Modebe, Nigerian master’s student in health policy and management; Charles Muiruri, Kenyan doctoral student in health policy and management; and Melchior Kashamuka (Kash) Mwandagalirwa, Congolese doctoral student in epidemiology. An initial… Read more »

Gillings alumna Bridger honored as NC health director of the year

Feb. 5, 2014 Colleen Bridger, PhD, Orange County (N.C.) health director, received the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors’ Health Director of the Year award on Jan. 22. The recognition is given to an individual who has shown outstanding leadership in public health in the state and for leadership and involvement in local community and… Read more »

BIOS alumnus Bowman selected to lead Columbia’s biostatistics department

Jan. 29, 2014 DuBois Bowman, PhD, alumnus of UNC’s public health school, has been named professor and chair of the biostatistics department at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, effective Jan. 1. Bowman, who received a doctorate in biostatistics at UNC in 2000, served on the biostatistics and bioinformatics faculty in Emory University’s Rollins… Read more »

Gillings alumna leads new venture selected for UNC’s social innovation incubator

Jan. 23, 2014 Camille McGirt, 2013 alumna of the Gillings School’s Bachelor of Science in Public Health program in health policy and management, was selected as one of 10 winners of the 2014 Social Innovation Challenge at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She will receive a two-year residency in CUBE, Carolina’s social… Read more »

Nutrition student teaches healthy eating habits to community in Ecuador

Dec. 11, 2013 Watching a student become a teacher is a teacher’s best reward. So says Alice Ammerman, DrPH, professor of nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP). Ammerman recently heard from Cate Parker, her former student in Nutrition… Read more »

Children’s movies send mixed messages about eating habits and obesity

Dec. 10, 2013 Two Gillings School of Global Public Health alumnae, now working in the UNC School of Medicine, have found that many recent popular children’s movies feature content involving some characters who have unhealthy eating behaviors and others who stigmatize them for being overweight or obese. The study, led by Eliana M. Perrin, MD,… Read more »

Screening new inmates for HIV may not reveal many new undetected cases, study shows

Nov. 26, 2013 More than 90 percent of HIV-infected inmates entering prison in North Carolina previously had tested positive for the virus, according to a study published in the Nov. 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  A significant proportion of people with HIV in the United States enter the prison system… Read more »