William Sollecito

Dr. Sollecito with colleagues.

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GGG_sollecito_billWilliam Sollecito, DrPH

Clinical Professor, Public Health Leadership Program

Certificate Administrator, Public Health Leadership Certificate Programs


Drawing on his remarkable experience in the multi-national contract research industry, Dr. Sollecito has become an expert on the use of continuous quality improvement in health care and leadership of public health and clinical research organizations and teams. Read More

Dr. Sollecito spent ten years in public health and health services research before joining the contract research industry at Quintiles Transnational Corp., where he served as President of Quintiles Americas for three years. In this role, Dr. Sollecito was responsible for all clinical operations in Canada and South America, as well as the United States. While at Quintiles he coordinated the development of new offices on both continents and was involved in the design and execution of many multi-national clinical trials.

Dr. Sollecito was appointed to the faculty of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in 1997 and served as Director of the Public Health Leadership Program from 2000 to 2009. He played a developmental role in the foundation of the school’s online global health certificate and was its first faculty director. From 1998 to 2001 he served on the Board of Directors of Water Partners International, whose mission is to improve access to clean water sources in developing countries. He recently served as lead editor, and co-editor, respectively for two books on Continuous Quality Improvement: McLaughlin and Kaluzny’s Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care, 4th Edition, 2013; and Implementing Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care: A Global Casebook, 2012, both of which include descriptions of quality improvement efforts in developing countries.

Dr. Sollecito’s primary areas of academic interest include global health, continuous quality improvement, project management, and leadership in public health and clinical research; his teaching interests center on the application of distance education and e-learning technology.

Active Projects


  • United States


  • CQI for Malaria Control in Ghana, in Implementing Continuous Quality Improvement in Health Care: A Global Casebook, 2012
  • I.A. Agyepong, W.A. Sollecito, S. Adjei and J.E. Veney, “Continuous Quality Improvement in Public Health in Ghana:  CQI as a Model for Primary Health Care Management and Delivery,” Quality Management in Health Care, (Summer 2001), 9:4, 1-10.
  • ReachNC


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