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School mourns loss of new PHLP student Heather Huneycutt

September 2, 2015 Heather Waterman Huneycutt, DVM, was a new student in the Public Health Leadership Program (PHLP) at the UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. She passed away on Aug. 23 from injuries suffered during a motorcycle crash. She was 26. Dr. Huneycutt graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at North… Read more »

Open House at Gillings Global Gateway™ introduces breadth of School’s global activities

September 2, 2015 More than 80 students and faculty members visited the official launch of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Gillings Global Gateway™ on Aug. 27 to learn about the School’s global health activities and network with others interested in public health around the world. Cathlene Webster, first-year student in health behavior, said… Read more »

New research finds institutions are no less safe for orphans than family care

August 26, 2015 Orphans living in families are at least as vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse and other traumas as orphans living in institutions, a new study finds. Christine L. Gray, MPH, epidemiology doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is lead author of the work, published online Aug. 26… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Study reveals need to standardize judicial process related to domestic violence protective orders

August 13, 2015 Approximately one in three women in the United States will experience physical and/or sexual violence from an intimate partner. Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is associated with long-term negative health consequences, creating a serious need to examine potential prevention strategies. A domestic violence protective order (DVPO) is a legal intervention that prevents contact… Read more »

Environmental health sciences postdoc awarded grant to study Fanconi anemia

August 12, 2015 Rui Yu, PhD, the Leon and Bertha Golberg Postdoctoral Fellow at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a two-year, $160,000 grant from the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund. Yu’s study, “Identifying the nature of the endogenous aldehydes-induced DNA damage that Fanconi anemia DNA repair pathways counteract,” is being conducted… Read more »

UNC-IntraHealth fellows tackle pressing global health challenges

August 10, 2015 Four graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have completed research projects under the mentorship of public health experts at IntraHealth International, a global nongovernmental organization headquartered in Chapel Hill, N.C. The students’ participation marks the sixth year of the UNC-IntraHealth Summer Fellows Program, which aims to provide… Read more »