Suzanne Hobbs

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Dr. Sue Hobbs

Suzanne Havala Hobbs, DrPH, MS, RD

Clinical Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Nutrition

Director, Doctoral Program in Health Leadership, Health Policy and Management


Dr. Hobbs works with health care professionals around the world to develop their leadership skills while maintaining national prominence as an expert in teaching and learning and an author covering issues relating to food, nutrition and health policy. Read More

With her background in clinical and administrative dietetics and in graduate-level teaching and learning, Dr. Hobbs brings extensive experience working with interdisciplinary teams in varied health care settings to the Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she helps students bridge the worlds of academia and practice. She teaches the core introductory master’s degree course in health services systems and policies, a doctoral course in dissertation preparation and planning, and seminars on varied topics in health care leadership and diet and nutrition policy. Dr. Hobbs is a clinical associate professor in the Departments of Health Policy and Management (HPM) and Nutrition, and also serves as the director of the Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership.

Dr. Hobbs has been heavily involved in the development of distance education initiatives for many years, launching in 2005 the world’s first distance DrPH program using Internet video for real-time weekly classes. The program, which targets mid- to senior-level health professionals, has attracted students from throughout the United States as well as Europe, Canada, the Middle East, Africa, South America, South Asia and Southeast Asia. Dr. Hobbs also leads the International Network for Doctoral Training in Health Leadership (NETDOC), a global group of schools interested in developing distance doctoral programs in health leadership.

In addition to her roles at UNC, Dr. Hobbs is an accomplished health journalist. A licensed, registered dietitian, she is the author of twelve consumer diet and health books, including Living Vegetarian for Dummies, Get the Trans Fat Out, Vegetarian Cooking for Dummies, The Natural Kitchen, and Shopping for Health: A Nutritionist’s Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Smart, Low-fat Choices at the Supermarket.

For more than ten years, her diet and health column, “On The Table”, has appeared weekly in Raleigh’s News & Observer and The Charlotte Observer. Among the topics addressed in her column are meal planning and cooking tips, food trends and federal policies on dietary guidance and food safety. She has been a regular contributor to SELF Magazine, on the editorial advisory board of Vegetarian Times, and served on the North Carolina Writers Network Board of Trustees and on the boards of the International Association of Health Care Journalists and the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. She is a member of numerous professional associations.

Active Projects

  • Teaching and coordination: EHESP global MPH program, the first multidisciplinary MPH program in France delivered in English
  • 2014 Sanofi Chair of the Virchow Villerme Center for Public Health
    Dr. Hobbs will be based in Paris from April through July 2014 working to advance UNC-European collaboration in online global health leadership education. The Virchow Villermé Center for Public Health is a joint initiative between the French Sorbonne-Paris-Cité Consortium and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, launched in 2013 under the auspices of the French and German governments, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Elysée Treaty.
  • Gillings Global Implementation Laboratory
    Development of this new three credit hour, graduate-level, interdisciplinary, field-based course in which students apply knowledge and experience to systematically design and implement solutions to complex public health problems in North Carolina and around the world.


  • Bangladesh
  • England
  • France
  • India
  • Nepal



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