Jamie Bartram

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Jamie Bartram, PhD

Don and Jennifer Holzworth Distinguished Professor, Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Director, Water Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill


Dr. Bartram in an expert in the fields of health, water supply, sanitation and hygiene, with over twenty years of international experience in policy, public health and disease prevention. He has worked in more than 60 countries and in diverse areas of public health and disease prevention, especially in relation to environment, health, water supply and sanitation. Read More

Before coming to UNC, Dr. Bartram spent almost a decade at the World Health Organization’s Headquarters in Geneva, where he served as Coordinator of the Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health Unit. Under his leadership, the unit reformed monitoring and standard-setting and received international recognition for its use of evidence based policy and good practice.

Dr. Bartram also served as the first chair of UN-Water, the mechanism responsible to ensure coherence and coordination throughout the UN system’s actions related to water, where he oversaw the establishment of Terms of Reference and inter-agency workplan development. Dr. Bartram’s previous posts have also included: Coordinator for the Programme on Assessing and Managing Environmental Risks to Health at WHO/HQ; Manager, Water and Wastes at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health in Rome where he worked on management of international waters; Head of the Environmental Health Division of the Robens Institute of the University of Surrey in the UK; and Public Health Scientist in Peru.

Dr Bartram was awarded the International Water Association’s (IWA) “Grand Award” in 2004 and holds Honorary Professorships at the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, University of Bristol and University of Surrey, UK.  He is the author of more than 60 academic papers, more than 50 book chapters and has authored or edited 49 books.

Active Projects

  • Improving the Regulation, Monitoring, and Quality of the Packaged
  • Feasibility of Implementing Water Safety Plans in North Carolina in small municipal and private water supply systems
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Initiative


  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bangladesh
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Guatemala
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy*
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • Pakistan
  • Peru*
  • Philippines
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Senegal
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland*
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • UK*
  • USA*
  • Uzbekistan
  • Viet Nam
  • Yemen
  • Zimbabwe

*Long-term residence



144 Rosenau Hall, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Campus Box 7431
Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7431