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Rimer announces intent to appoint Lee as chair of health policy and management

Dean Barbara K. Rimer has announced her intention to appoint Shoou-Yih (Daniel) Lee, PhD, as the new chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School. The decision is pending approval by the UNC board of trustees.


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Dr. Allison Aiello

Dr. Allison Aiello

Study employs cell phones to help track flu on campus

New methods for analyzing personal health and lifestyle data captured through wearable devices or smartphone applications can help identify college students at risk of catching the flu, say researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University. Allison Aiello, PhD, professor of epidemiology at UNC’s Gillings School, collaborated on the development of a model that allows researchers to predict the spread of influenza from one person to the next over time.


Bernie Agala

Bernie Agala

A doctoral student, his mother and the practical uses of public health science

Bernie Agala is a doctoral student in health policy and management at the Gillings School. Jim Thomas, PhD, director of the Carolina Population Center’s MEASURE Evaluation project and one of Agala’s advisers, is an associate professor of epidemiology at the Gillings School. The little agricultural village where Agala grew up may seem like an unlikely place for a career in public health to begin, but his childhood there inspired his work.


Dr. Leslie Lytle

Dr. Leslie Lytle

Home food environments heavily impact children’s diet, study finds

Leslie A. Lytle, PhD, professor of health behavior and nutrition, chair of the Department of Health Behavior at the Gillings School, is co-author of a new study on socioeconomic inequalities in children’s diets. Study findings suggest that the home environment a child lives in has more impact on their diet than their family’s overall socioeconomic status.


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