School News

Jaff selected for honorary Rotary membership to acknowledge contributions to global health

August 25, 2015 Dilshad Jaff, MD, MPH, 2015 alumnus of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been inducted as an honorary member of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club. Jaff now serves as adviser on conflict prevention and disaster preparedness in the Gillings Global Gateway™ at the Gillings School. The Cary club has had… Read more »

Study explores relationship of BMI, IQ and socioeconomic factors in Iranian preschool children

August 25, 2015 The negative impact of obesity upon children’s physical and psychological health has been established as an issue of concern in countries around the world. Studies also have shown that childhood intelligence is inversely related to negative health outcomes later in life. In exploring those two concepts, a new study aims to expand… Read more »

Dean Rimer: Intent to appoint Lee as chair of health policy and management

August 24, 2015 Dean Barbara K. Rimer has announced her intention to appoint Shoou-Yih (Daniel) Lee, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. The decision is pending approval by the UNC board of trustees. Lee currently works as a… Read more »

A doctoral student, his mother and the practical uses of public health science

August 23, 2015 The following article, written by Kathy Doherty for MEASURE Evaluation, was published Aug. 12 in the University Gazette and is reposted here in its entirety. Bernie Agala is a doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Jim Thomas, PhD, director of Carolina Population Center’s… Read more »

Health policy and management student co-authors two studies on Crohn’s disease

August 21, 2015 Daniel Erim, MD, is a doctoral student in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Recently, Erim has co-authored two papers sharing new research on Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease that can cause abdominal pain, fatigue and malnutrition, among… Read more »

Halpern named associate editor for Journal of Adolescent Health

August 19, 2015 Carolyn Halpern, PhD, professor and chair of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health, has been named associate editor for public health and policy for the Journal of Adolescent Health. The journal, a publication of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, a multidisciplinary organization committed… Read more »

Study employs cell phones to help track flu on campus

August 19, 2015 New methods for analyzing personal health and lifestyle data captured through wearable devices or smartphone applications can help identify college students at risk of catching the flu, say researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public… Read more »

Home food environments heavily impact children’s diet, study finds

August 18, 2015 It is well documented that low socioeconomic status (SES) is associated with lower consumption of healthy foods, and that such differences in consumption patterns are influenced by neighborhood food environments. Researchers know less about the role that SES differences in the home food environment play in consumption patterns. Recently, a research team… Read more »

Study explores reasons for disparities in access to municipal water and sewer systems in NC

August 13, 2015 A new study by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health researchers examines disparities in access to municipal water and sewer services in North Carolina. The research, led by Julia Marie Naman, MSPH, 2014 Gillings School alumna, and co-authored by Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at… Read more »

Doctoral student selected for APHA fellowship

August 13, 2015 Lorenzo Hopper, MPH, a third-year doctoral student in maternal and child health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected as a student fellow for the American Public Health Association’s maternal and child health section for 2015-2016. APHA student fellows participate in business meetings, serve on various committees… Read more »