Margaret "Peggy" Bentley

Dr. Bentley in the field.

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Carla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition
Associate Dean for Global Health
Associate Director, Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases


Dr. Bentley’s research focuses on nutrition for women and infants, infant and young child feeding, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health, with a focus on India, Africa and the U.S. Read More

She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the application of these techniques for program development and evaluation. In her role as associate dean for global health and advisor to the Gillings Global Gateway, she leads the Gillings School’s educational and curricular strategy for global public health and facilitates the response to global research opportunities from the National Institutes of Health and other governmental, foundation and private sector funders. She is associate director of the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases, a UNC-wide initiative for global health, and serves on advisory boards for a number of University groups.  Dr. Bentley is founding chair of the Triangle Global Health Consortium (TGHC).  From 2010 to 2013, she was chair of the TGHC. She is also a board member of IntraHealth International, a North Carolina-based nonprofit that works to improve health sector capacity and performance in over 90 countries, and represents UNC on the Global Health Committee of the Association of Schools of Public Health. As well as research interests in nutrition for women and infants and infant and young child feeding, she also conducts behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health. She has lived and worked extensively in India, and is a founding member of the Advisory Board of the Indo-U.S. Joint Working Group on Maternal and Child Health.

Active Projects


  • Ecuador
  • India
  • Malawi
  • Peru
  • United States



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