Centers, Institutes and Affiliates

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health values and participates in interdisciplinary research, education and service through the activities of many centers, institutes, programs and specialized facilities, within our School, at UNC and around the world. Some of our faculty and researchers play strong leadership role in UNC centers, institutes, programs and facilities, such as the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Center and the Injury Prevention Center.

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health is the School’s service and outreach arm.

Other centers, programs and specialized facilities that are housed within, sponsored by or otherwise affiliated within our School include:

BME Computational Laboratory (BMElab)

The BMElab is a research group at UNC dedicated to the numerical development of the Bayesian Maximum Entropy Method of modern Geostatistics, and its application to exposure, disease and risk mapping.

Director: Marc Serre, PhD (

Biospecimen Processing Facility

The BSP Facility provides a centralized, cost-effective way to process biospecimens from population, clinical and other studies.

Laboratory director: Patricia V. Basta, PhD (

Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH)

The CCRWH is an initiative that brings together interdisciplinary groups interested in building research collaborations to address issues that intersect work, health and family life.

Director: Laura Linnan, ScD (

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)

CGBI seeks to promote increased quality of care and create an optimal breastfeeding norm through research, service and training.

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Carolina Survey Research Laboratory (CSRL)

The CSRL strives to support and improve the quality of population-based research.

Co-director: Robert Agans, PhD (

Innovative Clinical Trials Laboratory

The Innovative Clinical Trials Laboratory conducts methodological, applied and interdisciplinary research on the design and analysis of clinical trials.

Director: Joseph G. Ibrahim, PhD (

Center for Pharmacoepidemiology

The Center for Pharmacoepidemiology provides a unique forum to generate innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges related to comparative effectiveness research and evaluation of the safety of drugs and devices in real-world clinical settings.

Director: Til Stürmer, MD, PhD (

Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC)

The CSCC serves as a coordinating center for multi-site public health and medical studies, and provides statistical, data management, study management and quality assurance services.

Director: Sonia Davis, PhD (

Environmental Sciences and Engineering Design Center

The Design Center facilitates and complements research of all types by providing consultation, design, fabrication and assembly services in a wide range of disciplines.

Director: Glenn Walters, PhD (

Counter Tobacco

CounterTobacco.Org is the first comprehensive resource for local, state, and federal organizations working to counteract tobacco product sales and marketing at the point of sale.

Co-founders: Kurt Ribisl, PhD ( | Allison Myers, MPH

Minority Health Project

The Minority Health Project works to expand awareness and knowledge about health equity concerns, deepen understanding of methodological, theoretical, and practical issues in health disparities research and interventions, and strengthen linkages across diversity activities to increase their effectiveness and success.

North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC)

Through academic programs and continuing education, the NC OSHERC provides quality educational opportunities for those with the responsibility of ensuring safety and health in the workplace.


NC Well Water Project

This project aims to develop the capacity of the North Carolina Division of Public Health (NC DPH) to identify North Carolina populations at greatest potential risk from well water contamination and enhance the public’s understanding of environmental exposures, distribution of contamination, and the impact of groundwater on human health.


UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (UNC NORC)

The UNC NORC is one of 12 centers in the country funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that is specifically designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, and multidisciplinary nature of nutrition and obesity-related research.

Co-director: Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD ( | Co-director: Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD ( | Managing director: Michelle Collins, MPA (

NORC Diet and Physical Activity Core

The Nutrition Obesity Research Center’s Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Core and UNC Healthcare’s Nutrition Research Kitchen & Metabolic Support Service have come together to streamline our services for convenience, and to illustrate how our services can complement your research for a successful outcome.

Core director: Michelle A. Mendez, PhD ( | Core co-director: Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD ( | Core Manager: Joy Cox (

UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP)

BCERP works to understand how environmental influences like obesity affect the susceptibility to basal-like breast cancer and to inform premenopausal African-American women of that risk.

Principal Investigator: Melissa Troester, PhD (

UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS)

CEHS translates interdisciplinary research on environmental health threats to improve public health in North Carolina.

Director: James Swenberg, PhD, DVM (

UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO)

ECHO explores and facilitates new and innovative partnerships and collaborative opportunities to improve the health of North Carolina communities by eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through its multidisciplinary and culturally sensitive research, education and training initiatives.

UNC Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP)

The UNC Superfund Research Program (UNC SRP)/NC Center for Environmental Risk Analysis (NC-CERA) seeks to understand the human health and environmental risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals found at hazardous waste sites.

Director: Rebecca Fry, PhD (

The Water Institute at UNC

The Water Institute contributes to improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all.

Director: Jamie Bartram, PhD (