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UNC School of Public Health Best Grad School for Physician Executives

June 13, 2006 Peggy Leatt, PhD The School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been named the top executive master’s program for physician-executives by Modern Healthcare magazine for the third time since the publication began ranking programs in 2003. The ranking is based on a list of programs… Read more »

Runyan Wins First Home Safety Research Award

June 12, 2006 Photograph of Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD , Director of UNC’s Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), has received the Home Safety Council’s inaugural Home Safety Research Award in recognition of IPRC’s outstanding collaborative work with the Council since 2001. Runyan was honored at the second annual Salute to Home… Read more »

New test helps Latino patients, health care workers communicate

June 08, 2006 Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Public Health have designed an easy-to-use health literacy test to help U.S. health care workers better communicate with and care for Spanish-speaking patients. Dr. Shoou-Yih D. Lee The new test, SAHLSA (Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish-speaking Adults), helps… Read more »

Study: Breast cancer in younger black women more likely to be an aggressive variety

June 07, 2006 For decades, researchers have tried to understand why breast cancer in younger black women is such a significant public health problem.Black women have fewer breast cancers than white women, but their mortality is worse. Black women under the age of 50 have a 77 percent higher mortality rate from breast cancer than… Read more »

UNC Highway Safety Research Center receives $5.8 million to expand national safety data resource

June 07, 2006 The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC) has received $5.8 million to continue its operation of the Highway Safety Information System (HSIS), the nation’s only multi-state database incorporating both crash and non-crash safety data for use in the analysis of motor-vehicle crashes.The contract, effective June 1, has been awarded… Read more »

Gates foundation grant targets new drug for sleeping sickness; Meshnick lab involved in discovery

  May 23, 2006 The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has received a $22.6 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support a pivotal clinical trial of a promising new oral drug for treating African sleeping sickness.African sleeping sickness, or trypanosomiasis, is a deadly parasitic disease transmitted by tsetse flies…. Read more »

Philip Singer tapped to receive National Water Research Institute Award

May 23, 2006 Dr. Philip C. Singer University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health Professor Philip C. Singer will be the 13th recipient of the National Water Research Institute’s (NWRI) acclaimed Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Prize for excellence in water research. The NWRI announced this week that the award will be… Read more »

School of Public Health IIS Staff Members Win Campus Awards

  May 23, 2006 Two members of the School of Public Health’s Instructional and Information Systems (IIS) department have won the UNC Information Technology Awards for 2006.Charles Ayres and Jeno Bratts won individual awards from their information technology peers across campus at the 14th annual UNC Information Technology Awards. They were two of 13 individual… Read more »

2006 graduates now cherished alumni

May 19, 2006 SPH graduates “Savor this day!” Carolina School of Public Health Dean Barbara K. Rimer told more than 220 new graduates gathered in Memorial Hall. “You worked very hard to get here, and we are very proud of you.” The School awarded degrees to 550 people this year from 34 countries and 17… Read more »

12th Annual Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference to be broadcast June 26, 28

May 15, 2006 The School of Public Health’s Minority Health Project will present the 12th Annual Summer Public Health Research Institute and Videoconference on Minority Health on Monday, June 26, and Wednesday, June 28, from 2 to 4:00 p.m. each day. This forum for experts in the area of health disparities will feature two panel… Read more »