December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Health policy and management Kimberley Geissler became interested in public health while completing an undergraduate degree in economics and chemistry at Williams College. Her research interests center around health economics, quality of care, and access to health services for low-income populations. “Research on these topics is particularly important to… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Master’s student Health behavior and health education Jenna Garrett grew up in a small town in the northwestern United States. When she left home, she discovered the world was much larger than she’d realized. Her world expanded, she says, “through my experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Epidemiology “Health and its accompanying issues, from the exotic to the mundane, shape our world,” Jess Edwards says. “Health is a prerequisite for development on every level, from personal development through education to economic development through employment and innovation. Disease and poor health limit opportunities for individuals and societies,… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Environmental sciences and engineering After completing an undergraduate degree at Tufts University, Jonny Crocker volunteered in Latin America and Ghana.A schistosomiasis prevention project he worked on in Ghana convinced him to come to UNC for a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering (2011) and a doctoral degree.”I realized that… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Epidemiology Mehul Patel is interested in research that can have an immediate impact on the public’s health. “Stroke continues to affect the lives of many Americans, especially in North Carolina,” he says, “and improving the quality of care provided to stroke patients can make an important difference in health… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Nutrition “I’m Mexican, and since the beginning of college, I knew I wanted to pursue a doctoral program abroad,” says Carolina Batis, now in her third year of the doctoral program in nutrition. Her work at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health has “fulfilled and surpassed” her expectations,… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student, Nutrition Sanofi/UNC Global Nutrition Scholar About diabetes Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar. According to the World Health Organization: 346… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share An interview with Sandra L. Martin, PhD Martin has served since 2007 as associate dean for research at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Having joined the School’s faculty in 1990, she is professor and associate chair for research in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. Recent honors include… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Biostatistics 2011-2012 Fryer Fellow Jon Hibbard started out as a mathematician, pure and simple. It’s a subject he loves. But when one of his friends underwent a career change and began to work as a nurse, he was jealous of how fulfilled his friend felt at work and of… Read more »

December 27, 2011 Share Doctoral student Maternal and Child Health Layla Lavasani, who received her master’s degree in international health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, works to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality in resource-poor settings. Her areas of technical expertise are in monitoring and evaluation of maternal and newborn health… Read more »