Student News

Rising food insecurity hits smokers harder, study finds

August 4, 2016 A study from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and RTI International has found that rates of food insecurity rose disproportionately among smokers between 1998 and 2011. Paul Shafer, MA, doctoral student of health policy and management at the Gillings School and research economist in the Center for Health Policy… Read more »

Study finds low-income students and Hispanic students disproportionately exposed to tobacco, fast food near schools

August 1, 2016 A new study finds that low-income students and Hispanic students are disproportionately exposed to both tobacco outlets and fast-food restaurants near their schools. Easy access to tobacco products and fast food may influence youth smoking initiation and contribute to poor dietary intake. These findings are the subject of a new paper from… Read more »

Gillings School’s summer undergraduate training program inspires new group of young scholars

July 29, 2016 As the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s summer undergraduate training program comes to a close this week, participants and mentors are celebrating another season during which a diverse group of motivated young men and women were provided with opportunities to develop skills in public health research. The 2016 training program,… Read more »

Gillings School student worked to improve women’s health in Zambia

July 21, 2016 This article, compiled and written by Jamie Gnazzo, first appeared July 7 on the UNC Global website. Jane Chaffee didn’t realize her passion for public health until she was working at her first post-college job. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Chaffee accepted a… Read more »

Christine Kim, Gillings School doctoral student, receives Boren Fellowship

July 21, 2016 Christine Kim, a doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded the National Security Education Program’s David L. Boren Fellowship. This scholarship supports certain fields of study, particularly languages, which have been identified as critical to United States national security. Valued at up to $30,000, Boren… Read more »

Nutrition student wins NC Dietetic Association’s leadership award

July 14, 2016 Courtney Luecking, doctoral student in nutrition at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has won the North Carolina Dietetics Association’s (NCDA) Emerging Dietetic Leader Award for 2015-2016. The award recognizes the competence and activities of dietitians who have made distinctive contributions early in their careers to the Academy of Nutrition and… Read more »

Peer support engages disadvantaged, ‘hardly reached’ people and benefits their health

July 7, 2016 A recent study by researchers at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shows that peer support is an especially effective strategy for helping people not easily reached by conventional prevention and health-care initiatives. The systematic review, published online May 19 in the July issue of the American Journal of Public… Read more »

Chen to represent Gillings School as 2016 Point Scholar

June 28, 2016 The Point Foundation, the largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students, has announced its 2016 Scholars. May Chen, doctoral student of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named the Janssen Therapeutics Point Scholar. Chen is one of 22 students hailing… Read more »

Kosorok to co-lead NIH ‘Big Data’ supplemental grant to train doctoral students in biomedical sciences

June 28, 2016 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have awarded a $97,956 supplemental “Big Data to Knowledge”  (BD2K) grant to The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to train predoctoral students in data-centric, biomedical science issues during summer 2016. Michael R. Kosorok, PhD, W.R…. Read more »

Gillings School students make an impact on global, local health

June 17, 2016 Two UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumni and one current student recently shared their stories with the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases. Their education at the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center and in the Gillings School’s departments of maternal and child health and environmental sciences and engineering helped… Read more »