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Current and veteran military students bring field experience to health policy and management

February 23, 2016 Have you ever considered how the military oversees the health care of its vast network of current and former employees? Try to visualize it, and you may begin to see the natural fit between some military personnel and the field of health policy and management. In the UNC Gillings School of Global… Read more »

Study finds different genetic mutation patterns for HPV-positive throat cancer patients based on smoking history

February 19, 2016 Smoking and infection with human papillomavirus (HPV) are two risk factors for an increasingly common type of throat cancer. In a new study, University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have found that distinct genetic mutation patterns emerge in people with HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma who are heavy smokers…. Read more »

‘Tips from Former Smokers’ ads connect more than half a million people to tobacco cessation resources

February 19, 2016 The question: How effective was the “Tips From Former Smokers” (Tips) television campaign at driving traffic to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Tips campaign website? The answer: The Tips television spots that aired from March 4 to June 21, 2013 – during the second year of the federally funded… Read more »

Gillings student Han named 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholar

February 17, 2016 Fourth-year UNC undergraduate Larry Han is among the 35 Americans awarded scholarships in 2016 to pursue full-time graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. Han, who studies biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of two UNC scholars chosen for the honor. The other recipient is… Read more »

BIOS students win travel awards for ASA conference

February 23, 2016 Lu Mao and Jingxiang (Sean) Chen, doctoral students in biostatistics at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been accorded American Statistical Association (ASA) travel awards. The awards will support their presenting research at the 2016 ASA Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) in Chicago, to be held July 30–Aug. 4. Mao,… Read more »

Former US Assistant Surgeon General guides the Gillings School toward a ‘culture of health’

February 13, 2016 “Every day, you should take your dog for a long walk – even if you don’t have a dog!” says Penny Slade-Sawyer, with a grin. Slade-Sawyer, a retired rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, former assistant surgeon general in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and former director… Read more »

Gillings researchers describe new method of measuring performance on complex public health goals

February 4, 2016 Country-level performance on public health, human rights and international development goals is notoriously hard to measure. Recently, three researchers from the Water Institute at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health proposed a new way to track performance against such targets. Through a novel application of “frontier analysis,” which is based on… Read more »

Two biostatistics students honored with Distinguished Paper Award

February 2, 2016 Biostatistics doctoral students at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health have won two of 20 Distinguished Student Paper Awards accorded annually by the International Biometric Society’s Eastern North American Region (ENAR). The students, Alex Wong and Jingxiang Chen, were recognized for their papers’ “excellent quality and significant contributions to statistical methodology… Read more »

Gillings student Hauser named Churchill Scholar

January 28, 2016 Blake M. Hauser, a fourth-year student in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named a recipient of the Churchill Scholarship. The research-focused award provides funding to American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge… Read more »

Minority Health Conference to focus on intersection of public health and social justice

January 25, 2016 “In Solidarity: The Role of Public Health in Social Justice” is the theme of UNC’s 37th annual UNC Minority Health Conference, to be held Friday, Feb. 26 at UNC’s William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, in Chapel Hill, N.C. The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School’s… Read more »