Departments

Our Department of Biostatistics is recognized as a worldwide leader in research and practice.

Members of our faculty are interested both in development of statistical methodology and application of statistics in applied research.


Our Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering focuses on the interface between people and the environment.

Uniquely situated in a school of public health, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy.


Our Department of Epidemiology is one of the world’s leading academic departments in epidemiology.

Renowned faculty members provide students with training in effective research practices and methods. We also work with our students to apply their epidemiology research to a variety of health problems here in North Carolina and across the world.


Our Department of Health Behavior combines social and behavioral science to examine the effects that individual and group behaviors have on our health.

Our faculty members include experts from behavioral science, communications, health education, international health, medicine, medical sociology and social psychology.


Our Department of Health Policy and Management trains the next generation of leaders to address the complex challenges of health-care delivery and contribute to the improvement of health-related quality of life, domestically and globally.

In both roles, we are committed to ensuring that all people, irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity or economic resources, have access to high-quality health-care services.


Our Department of Maternal and Child Health was founded in 1950 and is one of the world’s leading academic departments for research, teaching and practice.

We are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families — domestically and globally. Our teaching program provides students with broad exposure to maternal and child health population needs and priorities, as well as the skills to become leaders of tomorrow.


Our Department of Nutrition is currently recognized as a global leader in research and training, and is unique in that it is the only one in the U.S. that is situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine.

We have created an innovative program that capitalizes on both these schools’ historical approaches to health, and thus our department has an unusual breadth of scientific and policy approaches, literally spanning from cell to society, moving from discovery to delivery.


Our Public Health Leadership Program works to prepare public health practitioners for leadership positions by developing population-level knowledge and skills with an interdisciplinary emphasis.

Building upon varied professional experience, students learn collaboratively to assess community health needs, develop innovative policies and programs and assure that new systems are maintained and improved.