Health Behavior News

Faculty members recognized for innovative teaching at annual ‘Celebration Teaching!’ event

February 12, 2015 Eight members of the faculty at the Gillings School of Global Public Health – one from each academic unit at the School – were honored at a ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event on Feb. 11 and presented with the School’s fourth annual Teaching Innovation Awards. The awardees are Lori Evarts, MPH, clinical assistant professor… Read more »

CDC’s Workplace Health Research Network launched at UNC

February 9, 2015 Researchers from six research universities across the country gathered in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Feb. 5 and 6 to launch the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Workplace Health Research Network (WHRN) and conduct health research focused on the work environment, where the majority of Americans spend most of their time. The… Read more »

New Gillings Innovation Labs awarded

February 2, 2015 Four new projects – two designed to improve chronic disease care, one aimed at increasing access to cervical cancer screening, and another to track land-applied biosolids – are the most recent Gillings Innovation Labs. Established in 2007 as part of the $50 million Gillings gift, Gillings Innovation Laboratories (GILs) are designed to… Read more »

Two from Gillings School honored for teaching excellence

January 29, 2015 Two faculty members at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were recognized recently for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Susan Ennett, PhD, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Gillings School’s health behavior department, and Karl Umble,… Read more »

Heisler, former senior associate dean, dies at 67

January 23, 2015 Jules Heisler, PhD, MBA, senior associate dean at the Gillings School from 2005 to 2007, died on Jan. 18 in Durham, N.C. He was 67. Dr. Heisler had retired after more than 35 years of executive experience in health care and university administration. From 1987 to 2005, he served as the founding… Read more »

UNC Alumni Association honors Earp and Cohen for service

January 20, 2015 Two of three University of North Carolina faculty members selected for service awards by the UNC General Alumni Association are researchers at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. The UNC Faculty Service Awards were presented to Jo Anne Earp, ScD, professor and former chair of health behavior, and Myron Cohen, MD,… Read more »

HB doctoral candidate adds expertise to special journal supplement on adolescent sexual health

December 15, 2014 This month, the Journal of Adolescent Health launched a special edition containing six review papers related to progress made in the last 20 years in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights for adolescents. The special edition was coordinated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Women’s Health… Read more »

Tobacco control strategies may aid in preventing skin cancers caused by indoor tanning

December 8, 2014 Indoor tanning booths were once the domain of college-age and working women who toasted their pale skins in late winter, before donning a new strapless dress or the first bikini of the season. Today, however, the authors of a new study call the indoor tanning craze “a present and emerging public health… Read more »

Student commentary: NC schools must fight Ebola fears with facts, compassion

November 26, 2014 This commentary, originally published in The News and Observer (Raleigh) on Nov. 19, was written by Dirk Davis, health behavior master’s student at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Last week, a Superior Court Judge in Durham ruled that a teenager who had been barred from school for fear that he… Read more »

UNC study finds lower vaccine uptake in states with higher rates of HPV-related cervical cancer

November 26, 2014 This article, written by Christina Izzo, first appeared in Oncology Nursing News on Nov. 12. It is reprinted here with permission. New data have shown that states having higher rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality also have low HPV vaccination rates among young women. The findings were presented at the American… Read more »