Posts Categorized: Student 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 »

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 »

HPM senior Camille McGirt receives Community Impact Award

November 09, 2012 Camille McGirt Camille McGirt, senior health policy and management major at Gillings School of Global Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was one of 17 college students across the state to receive the Community Impact Award from the North Carolina Campus Compact.   The award recognizes college… Read more »

School-led team takes prize in finals of social business competition

November 01, 2012 Sanitation Creations, an entrepreneurial venture founded and led by Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna Liz Morris, MS, was second runner-up in the inaugural UNC Social Business Conference, held Sept. 27 at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. The UNC-born company Sanitation Creations placed third overall in a recent… Read more »

ESE student’s practicum project aims to improve human health assessment

October 31, 2012 How do plasticizers, such as diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), cause cancer?   Mary Kushman, MD, a Master of Public Health candidate in environmental sciences and engineering at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, asked the question in her role as a fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Human Health Risk… Read more »

AJPM paper addresses exertional heat illness and death among high school athletes

October 23, 2012 A study led by UNC doctoral student Zachary Kerr analyzes the causes of exertional heat illness and death among high school athletes and lists measures that can be taken to help prevent them. Zachary Kerr Kerr is a graduate research assistant in UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Epidemiology…. Read more »

Two in one week: HPM students take first prize at NAHSE, Humana case competitions

October 18, 2012   Five health policy and management students had a lot to celebrate during the weekend of Oct. 11-12. Their efforts at competitive events in Louisville, Ky., and Houston yielded two first-place awards, $17,000 in prizes and Schoolwide excitement and pride at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health.   From left to… Read more »

NIH environmental health research grant renewed for eighth time, continues legacy begun in 1971

October 05, 2012 The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has renewed one of UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health research and training grants, recognizing the School’s ongoing innovation and leadership. UNC’s program, Biostatistics for Research in Environmental Health, supports 23 doctoral and five postdoctoral scholars in biostatistics, epidemiology and environmental sciences and… Read more »

LGBT health may be compromised by underreporting of tobacco use, study finds

October 02, 2012 Research by a health behavior doctoral student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health demonstrates that an influential 2011 report on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health under-reported evidence of tobacco disparities for LGBT people compared to heterosexuals.   Joseph Lee According to a new report co-authored by Joseph G.L…. Read more »