School News

Doctoral student’s work helps communities prepare for next flu pandemic

November 30, 2012 It’s that time of year again – time to start thinking about influenza (flu) and steps to guard against it. More than 40 states already are reporting cases of seasonal flu, and while experts don’t expect a pandemic this year, they say it is never too early to get plans in place…. Read more »

On the ground in Haiti: Gillings School students integral to relief effort

November 30, 2012 When one door closes, open another.   That was Alicia Stokes’ mantra when the University had to cancel her trip to Haiti. Stokes, an executive master’s candidate in health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, had been selected from approximately 100 applicants to take part in an… Read more »

Olshan named to UNC Lineberger leadership post

November 27, 2012 Andrew F. Olshan, PhD, has been appointed UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s associate director of population sciences. Dr. Andy Olshan Olshan, professor and chair of epidemiology at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds other leadership roles at UNC’s cancer center, including serving… Read more »

Viera awarded School of Medicine’s inaugural Wilkerson Professorship

November 27, 2012 Anthony Viera, MD, MPH, 2006 alumnus of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, has received the inaugural Charles Baynes Wilkerson Distinguished Professorship in Family Medicine in UNC’s School of Medicine.   Dr. Anthony Viera Viera is director of the Health Care and… Read more »

New Phi Beta Kappa members announced

November 27, 2012 Six Bachelor of Science in Public Health students at Gillings School of Global Public Health have been elected into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society.   Among the 130 inductees at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were: Gwen Yung-Hsin Hwarng, a junior majoring… Read more »

Oberlander’s NEJM ‘Perspective’ outlines challenges facing the Affordable Care Act

  November 26, 2012 Who among us has read the 2,409 pages of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? Jonathan Oberlander, PhD, is one of a tiny minority.   Dr. Jon Oberlander Oberlander, professor of health policy and management in Gillings School of Global Public Health and of social medicine in the School of Medicine at… Read more »

World Toilet Day is Nov. 19

November 19, 2012 If you have a private place to go to the toilet, you’re among the world’s fortunate. About 2.5 billion people in the world do not.   World Toilet Day, celebrated each year on Nov. 19, is intended to raise awareness and remind us of the changes that remain to be made.  … Read more »

School celebrates Public Health Thank You Day

  November 16, 2012   Research!America and other leading public health organizations have designated Monday, Nov. 19, as Public Health Thank You Day, a day on which to recognize health-related research, education and service.   Dr. Anna Schenck   Anna Schenck, PhD, associate dean for practice at Gillings School of Global Public Health, composed an… Read more »

Water Institute partners with water nonprofit in The Netherlands

  November 16, 2012 The Water Institute at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced a new collaboration with the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands, which will advance both organizations’ goal – to enhance the well-being of people in developing countries through improved water, sanitation and… Read more »

UNC to lead national evaluation of W.K. Kellogg Foundation breastfeeding program

November 15, 2012 Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been awarded $900,000 by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to evaluate First Foods, the foundation’s national breastfeeding initiative. The First Foods program aims to “give children a healthy start” by ensuring more babies receive breast milk as… Read more »