Global Faculty Members

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Gillings School faculty members are leaders in determining risk factors for cancer, using technology to reduce the health impacts of diabetes, creating policy changes to discourage young people from smoking, and designing better ways to reach millions with clean, safe water and sanitation. The lessons we learn globally often are used to save lives and transform public health in North Carolina, and research conducted here has impact and relevance around the world. Last year nearly half of our faculty members research grants and contracts had a global health focus.

Browse our global faculty members by department, focus area/research interest, and country.

NameDepartmentFocus Areas/Research Interests
Countries (Current and Previous Research/Work)
Shrikant BangdiwalaBiostatisticsDiabetes; Heart Disease and Stroke; Injury, Violence and Safety; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Obesity; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)Argentina; Brazil; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; India; Mexico; Peru; Puerto Rico; South Africa; South Korea; Thailand
Richard BilsborrowBiostatisticsBehavior Science; Economic Development/Poverty; Demography; Population and Environment; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Survey DesignBolivia; Brazil; Burkina Faso; China; Colombia; Cuba; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; Georgia; Ghana; Guatemala; Honduras; Indonesia; Jordan; Kazakhstan; Kenya; Mexico; Morocco; Nepal; Nigeria; Peru; Philippines; Russia; Spain; Tajikistan; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey;
Amy HerringBiostatisticsBayesian Methods; Longitudinal and Multilevel Data; Environmental Health Science; Reproductive Epidemiology; Maternal and Child Health; Adolescent Development; Nutrition; Obesity; Air Quality and Atmosphere Science; Exposure Science; Water and Sanitation; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)China; Mexico; Norway
Chirayath SuchindranBiostatisticsAging; Cardiovascular Disease; Global Health; Reproductive Health; Formal demography
Donglin ZengBiostatisticsSemiparametric and Nonparametic Inference; High-dimensional Estimation; Survival Analysis
Ralph BaricEpidemiologyInfectious Diseases
Carla CeramiEpidemiologyInfectious Diseases
Larry EngelEpidemiologyEnvironmental, Occupational, Cancer; Disaster; Neurological; GeneticsChina; Norway
Stephanie EngelEpidemiologyRepro/Pediatric; Environmental; Genetics
Steve MarshallEpidemiologyInjury; Methods; Concussion; ViolenceAustralia; New Zealand
Steve MeshnickEpidemiologyInfectious Diseases; PharmacoepiCambodia; Democratic Republic of Congo; Malawi; Thailand;
Kari NorthEpidemiologyObesity; Genetics; Cardiovascular; Repro/PediatricBolivia; Chile
Audrey PettiforEpidemiologyHIV/AIDS; Infectious Diseases; Social; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Implementation ScienceSouth Africa
Jennifer SmithEpidemiologyCancer; Infectious Diseases; Womens HealthKenya
James "Jim" ThomasEpidemiologyOrganization networks for disease control; Social Epidemiology; Public Health EthicsEthiopia; Kenya
Annelies Van RieEpidemiologyInfectious Diseases; Clinical/Outcomes; Social; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Implementation ScienceThailand
Steve WingEpidemiology Environmental; Occupational; Cancer; Cardiovascular; Infectious Diseases; Injury; Nutrition;
Jamie BartramEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Policy, Decision-Making and Risk Assessment: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Health Equity; Water and Sanitation; Infectious Diseases; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); Implementation Science; Public Health Law and EthicsAlbania; 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; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Tanzania; Thailand; Tunisia; Turkey; Uganda; Ukraine; United Kingdom; United States; Uzbekistan; Vanuatu; Vietnam; Yemen; Zimbabwe
Pete KolskyEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Policy, Decision-Making and Risk Assessment: Sustainable Water Resources; Contaminant Sources, Fate and Transport: Human Exposure and Health Effects; Water and Sanitation; Infectious Diseases; Teaching and Learning Methods; Emergency Preparedness and ResponseIndia
Mark SobseyEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health: Human Exposure & Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Contaminant Sources, Fate and Transport: Human Exposure & Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Design and Analysis of Engineered Systems: Human Exposure & Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources
Jill StewartEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health; Contaminant Sources, Fate and Transport: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Exposure Science; Water and Sanitation; Infectious DiseaseEcuador; Mozambique
James SwenbergEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringExposure Biology, Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Disease: Human Exposure & Health Effects
Jason WestEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health: Air Quality & Atmospheric Processes; Impacts and Mitigation of Climate Change: Air Quality & Atmospherics Processes, Human Exposure & Health Effects; Policy, Decision-Making and Risk Assessment: Air Quality & Atmospheric ProcessesMexico; United Arab Emirates
Courtney WoodsEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringIndustrial Hazards; Exposure and Risk Assessment; Environmental JusticeBrazil
Clare BarringtonHealth BehaviorGender; HIV/AIDS; Latino Health and Migration; Qualitative Methods; Sexuality; Social NetworksCuba; Dominican Republic; Ghana; Guatemala; Malai
J. Mike BowlingHealth BehaviorBreastfeeding; Cancer; Global Health; Health Behavior; Injury Prevention; Occupational Health; Violence PreventionRussia
Ed FisherHealth BehaviorCancer; Diabetes; Global Health; Health Behavior; Mental Health
Vivian GoHealth BehaviorGlobal Health; HIV/AIDS; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Substance Abuse; Implementation Science; Health BehaviorVietnam
Suzanne MamanHealth BehaviorGlobal Health; Health Behavior; HIV/AIDS; Infectious Diseases; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Violence Prevention; Women's HealthTanzania; South Africa
Beth MoraccoHealth BehaviorEthics; Global Health; Health Behavior; Health Policy; Injury Prevention; Reproductive Health; Substance Abuse; Violence Prevention; Women's HealthDemocratic Republic of Congo
Kate MuessigHealth BehaviorHealth Disparities; Key Populations (MSM and Commercial Sex Workers); eHealth/mHealth; HIV/AIDS; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Qualitative Methods; StigmaChina
Jason SmithHealth BehaviorData Demand and Use; Knowledge Management; Capacity Building and Training; Structural, Behavioral and Communications Aspects of Research UtilizationBangladesh; Cameroon; Democratic Republic of Congo; Egypt; Ghana; Haiti; India; Indonesia; Kenya; Madagascar; Nepal; Nigeria; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Tanzania; Vietnam
Bruce FriedHealth Policy & ManagementHealthy Systems Strengthening; Quality Improvement; Healthcare Workforce; Health System Financing; Mental Health/Substance AbuseFrance; Germany; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom
Dean HarrisHealth Policy & ManagementEthics, Global Health; Public Policy/Legal Analysis; Health Equity; Teaching and Learning Methods; Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Public Health Law
Sheila LeathermanHealth Policy & ManagementGlobal Health; Quality, Quality Improvement, and Performance Measures
Bryce ReeveHealth Policy & ManagementCancer; Patient Centered Outcomes; Women and Children's Health; Psychometrics and Questionnaire Development; Aging; Health Services and Systems StrengtheningCanada
Harsha ThirumurthyHealth Policy & ManagementGlobal Health; HIV/AIDS; Health Economics; Population Health/Public Health; Randomized Control Trials/Experiments; Primary Health; EconometricsKenya; India; South Africa; Uganda; Zambia
Gustavo AngelesMaternal & Child HealthInternational health; Research Methods; Program Evaluation; Health EconomicsMexico
Dorothy CilentiMaternal & Child HealthEvidence-based Public Health; Health Administratio; Health Care Delivery; Health Policy; Maternal Health; Mental Health; Public Health Leadership; Public Health Practice; Women's HealthTerritories: American Samoa; Guam; Northern Mariana Islands; Puerto Rico; U.S. Virgin Islands
Sian CurtisMaternal & Child HealthReproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Injury, Violence and Safety; Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Implementation ScienceBangladesh; Ukraine; Zambia
Carolyn HalpernMaternal & Child HealthAdolescent Health; Sexual Health; Health Equity; Mental Health and Neurological Disorders; Reproductive and Child Health; Alcohol and Drug Use; Behavior Science;Kenya
Kavita Singh OngechiMaternal & Child HealthEvaluation of Maternal and Child Health Interventions; Studying the Influence of Social Factors (Poverty, Education and Gender Equality) on Maternal and Child Health; Water and Sanitation; Infectious Disease; Health Equity; Reproductive Health; Behavior Science; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Implementation ScienceEthiopia; Ghana; India; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Nigeria; South Sudan; Uganda; Tanzania; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Herbert PetersonMaternal & Child HealthReproductive Health; Implementation Science
Ilene SpeizerMaternal & Child HealthEvaluation of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs; Study of Unintended Pregnancy Risk; Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs; Health Equity; Gender Based and Intimate Partner Violence; Behavior Science; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); Implementation ScienceGhana; Haiti; India; Kenya; Malawi; Nigeria; Senegal; South Africa; Togo
Christine TuckerMaternal & Child HealthLatino Health; Migrant Farmworker Health; Women's Reproductive Health; Postpartum Mood and Anxiety DisordersGuatemala; Mexico
Linda AdairNutritionEpidemiology: Maternal and Child Nutrition; Nutrition and HIV; Development Origins of Adult Disease; Cohort StudiesChina; Malawi; Philippines; Rwanda; South Africa
Alice AmmermanNutritionIntervention and Policy: Aging; Behavior Science; Cancer; Diabetes; Health Equity; Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Heart Disease and Stroke; Implementation Science; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Obesity; Oral Health; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)
Margaret "Peggy" BentleyNutritionIntervention & Policy: Behavior Science; HIV and Nutrition; Infectious Disease; Nutrition Growth and Child Development; Pediatric Obesity; Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Water and SanitationEcuador; Guatemala; India; Malawi; Peru
Valerie FlaxNutritionIntervention & Policy: Behavior Science; Implementation Science; Infectious Disease; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)Cambodia; Guinea; Malawi; Mali; Nigeria; Uganda
Penny Gordon-LarsenNutritionEpidemiology
Archana LamichhaneNutritionEpidemiology: Air Quality and Atmosphere Science; Diabetes; Heart Disease and Stroke; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Obesity
Philip MayNutritionEpidemiologyItaly; South Africa
Elizabeth Mayer-DavisNutritionEpidemiology: Diabetes; Health Equity; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Obesity
Michelle MendezNutritionEpidemiology: Cancer; Diabetes; Heart Disease and Stroke; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Obesity; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)Mexico
Shu Wen NgNutritionHealth Economics; Epidemiology: Health Equity; Obesity; Public Health Ethics and Law; Cancer; Exposure Science; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Behavior Science; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)Chile; China; Mexico; United Arab Emirates; United States
Barry PopkinNutritionDesign and evaluation of large-scale regulatory/tax measure to improve food systems and diets; Epidemiology: Health Equity; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Obesity; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); DiabetesBrazil; Chile; China; Colombia; Denmark; India; Kyrgyzstan; Malaysia; Mexico; Philippines; Korea; Singapore; South Africa; Thailand; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom
June StevensNutritionEpidemiology: Obesity; Nutrition; Physical Activity; Heart Disease; CancerChina; United Kingdom
Mirek StybloNutritionBiochemistry: Cancer; Diabetes; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)
Rohit RamaswamyPublic Health Leadership ProgramImplementation Science; Quality Improvement; Mental Health; Evaluation; Improving Maternal and Neonatal OutcomesGhana; Kenya; Zambia

Many of our global leaders also work in global centers and institutes around UNC-Chapel Hill. Below are several:

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Solving problems. Finding answers. These are the essence of leadership at the Gillings School.