Anna Waller, ScD

  Research Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine

Adjunct Associate Professor
Health Behavior

REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

100 Market Street, Southern Village
Campus Box 7597
Chapel Hill 27516
T: 919-843-0389
F: 919-843-1226
1990 Johns Hopkins University ScD, Maternal and Child Health
Research interests

  • Aging
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Environment (general)
  • Health care delivery
  • Health communication
  • Health policy
  • Injury prevention
  • Rural health
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Substance abuse
  • Violence prevention
  • Women’s health
Research activities


  • Director of the Carolina Center for Health Informatics, which works closely with the NC Division of Public Health, the NC Institute of Public Health, and public health practitioners at local health departments and hospitals
  • Works closely with faculty and students in the Schools of Public Health, Medicine, Information and Library Science, and Nursing on projects addressing the use of secondary data sources for research and evaluation
  • Focuses on the use of timely, electronic emergency department visit data for public health surveillance

Primary teaching areas

  • Public Health Surveillance using timely, electronic data sources
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Use of ED visit data for PH research

Primary Research areas

  • Public health surveillance
  • Use of timely, electronic, secondary data for research and evaluation
  • Injury and violence prevention
Staff/administrative responsibilities
As HB adjunct:

      • Advisor on a special project
      • Faculty research collaboration
      • Student research supervision
      • Dissertation committee member
      • Informal research advice or technical assistance

“I routinely collaborate with people in the Injury Prevention Research Center and have provided technical assistance when there has been interest in using data available through NC DETECT (North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Collection Tool).”