Carolina Public Health magazine contains news of faculty research, first-person accounts of the life of public health professionals and reports on partnerships with other schools and with corporations and foundations. You will also find updates on faculty, staff and student accomplishments and discover the many ways you can contribute to the School with gifts of time, expertise… Read more »

Dr. Sarah Morrow  A scholarship established by her children honors her advocacy for maternal and child health “We are very proud of our mother and what she has accomplished throughout her life.” —Lynn Perrin Rereading Dubose Heyward’s The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes was a fitting prerequisite to writing about Dr. Sarah Morrow. In the timeless children’s book, the mother… Read more »

Popkin’s professorship gift will continue the fight against obesity Where in the world is Barry Popkin? He could be anywhere. “He has an amazing ability to mentor colleagues across all levels.” —Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD Barry Popkin, PhD, the Gillings School’s W.R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition, consults or leads studies in China, Russia,… Read more »

In April 2013, Jo Anne Earp, ScD, former chair and longtime professor of health behavior at the Gillings School, drew more than 200 current and former students, colleagues and friends to events celebrating her 40-year career in public health. Earp’s career has included 1960s activism, educating and mentoring hundreds of students, researching and advocating for women’s health, civil rights, and improved health… Read more »

Linda West Little Breaking gender barriers, paving the way for student success Linda West Little is no stranger to barricades – or scrambling over them. The first woman to receive a doctorate (in 1968) from the Gillings School’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE), she became the department’s first woman faculty member in 1970. In the decade following, she conducted… Read more »

Deniese Chaney Providing students with a great place to collaborate Deniese Chaney, MPH, is one of the many Gillings School alumni who steps forward whenever she’s needed. A principal in Accenture’s Health and Public Service Operating Group (, Chaney serves on the School’s Public Health Foundation board and is program committee chair for the School’s 75th anniversary campaign. Several years ago,… Read more »

Fred and Laura Brown Their endowed scholarship honors family while helping heroes The Brendle brothers, born in Statesville, N.C., served their country proudly. During World War II, Clell was an Army staff sergeant, and Paul was a Navy chief petty officer. Jim, the youngest, was an Army sergeant during the Korean conflict. Years later, their sister’s son, Fred Brown, followed in their footsteps, first… Read more »

A Message from our Associate Dean for Research Sandra L. Martin, PhD Those of us at the Gillings School of Global Public Health are proud to call North Carolina home. Our faculty, staff members and students conduct meaningful research in our state and around the world. This year, faculty members were awarded 414 grants and contracts totaling more than $154.3 million. During… Read more »

Each summer, our students seek internships and field practica that take them to communities across North Carolina. They provide public health services, conduct research and educate people about public health issues. In return, they receive training, practical experience and a wider appreciation for the people, places and public health challenges in North Carolina. Enjoy these snapshots! They describe only a few of our students’… Read more »

Sandra Cianciolo, MPH, won the 2013 Innovation + Inspiration Staff Award, sponsored by the School’s Research and Innovation Solutions office. Cianciolo is project coordinator for the National Training Institute for Child Care Consultants, a project led by Jonathan Kotch, MD, Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor of MCH. Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhD, NUTR professor, was elected vice-president of The Obesity Society, the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of… Read more »