Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility News

COEC collaboration will engage youth and public health professionals on climate & health

The Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) in the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility—together with COECs from the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan at Columbia University and the Harvard-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health at Harvard University—received a $100,000 supplemental grant from NIEHS to foster climate literacy among high school… Read more »

UNC-led team to study California’s high agricultural productivity despite years of drought

Dr. Gregory Characklis will lead a three-year, $3 million National Science Foundation-funded study to examine the interdependency of systems that supply food, energy and water in California. His research team will consider how, despite years of drought, the state has seen increases in the production of farm-raised food. Is that situation sustainable?

Engel shares Research on Environmental Health Concerns in Deepwater Horizon GuLF STUDY

On Thursday August 18, Dr. Larry Engel, associate professor in the UNC Department of Epidemiology and UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility member, was invited to present his research at a UNC Institute for the Environment (IE) Brown Bag Seminar. The seminars are designed for sharing environmental science research studies in UNC IE and… Read more »

Olshan elected president of Society for Epidemiologic Research

July 6, 2016 Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). SER is the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America…. Read more »

US News ranks UNC Gillings #2 overall, #1 public

March 10, 2015 The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health has been ranked the number two school of public health overall – and the number one public school of public health – by U.S. News and World Report. The rankings were released March 10. This marks the second consecutive rankings period… Read more »

High levels of metals in well water may be linked to birth defects in children

October 9, 2014 Increased levels of metals such as cadmium, arsenic, lead and manganese in North Carolina are present in private well water, and some may be linked to defects in children, a new UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health study has found. In a research article published Sept. 15 by BioMed Central Public… Read more »

Website will help women learn about risk factors for breast cancer

October 7, 2014 The UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) has announced the official launch of, an interactive website designed to increase knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, especially among young African-American women. Melissa Troester, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Liza Makowski,… Read more »

Obesity is modifiable risk factor for ovarian cancer, study finds

March 31, 2014 Ovarian cancer tumors in obese mice grew to nearly three times the size of tumors in non-obese mice, researchers discovered in a recent study. Their findings, published in the April issue of the journal Gynecologic Oncology, revealed insight into the reasons why. The research team, led by Liza Makowski, PhD, assistant professor… Read more »

Olshan named Hulka Distinguished Professor

March 17, 2014 Andrew Olshan, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology, has been named the Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, effective March 1. Olshan also has served in significant leadership roles at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Most recently, in 2012, he… Read more »

Previous physical activity may have impact upon success of in vitro fertilization

March 17, 2014 Women who are more physically active in the year before in vitro fertilization increase their chances to have a successful pregnancy, according to a study led by Kelly R. Evenson, PhD, research professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Evenson and a team of co-researchers presented the… Read more »