Health Informatics Research

Explore our health informatics research. Health informatics is the application of information technology to healthcare services delivery, management and planning. Decisions about where to and how to allocate resources in public health need to be data driven and advances in information technology are allowing researchers to study health systems like never before. Discover what our researchers are doing here!
Message from the Associate Dean
"Clean water to drink. Healthy air to breathe. Nutritious food to eat. Diseases prevented. For 74 years, we have been solving these most pressing health problems in North Carolina and around the world by conducting novel, innovative research that changes public health practice, influences policy and improves the quality of people’s lives."
Sandy Martin, PhD, MSc
Professor, Associate Dean for Research

Our faculty, staff and students solve some of the most pressing health problems in North Carolina and around the world.

We conduct novel, innovative research that changes public health practice, influences policy and improves the quality of people’s lives.

Highly Cited Researchers

TRThomas Reuters has updated its list of Highly Cited Researchers in the sciences and social sciences to include three Gillings School of Global Health faculty members: Gerardo HeissYun Li, and Barry Popkin.

Thomas Reuters generated the list by surveying 21 broad subject fields for highly cited papers from 2002-2012, papers that ranked in the top 1% for total citations in the field that year.  Each researcher with a highly cited paper was ranked by how many highly cited papers they had from 2002-2012.  Those researchers who ranked above the cut off point (the square root of the population of researchers) earned the distinction of highly cited researcher.


Among all 50 U.S. states, North Carolina received the sixth highest amount of funding from the National Institute of Health in 2014. Learn more about North Carolina and the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s research accomplishments (PDF).

RIS Group

The Research and Innovation Solutions group, in collaboration with other School and University units, offers a variety of resources and services to facilitate research for the School’s researchers. If you have any questions, contact Research and Innovation Solutions at (919) 966-0123.

Featured Research

Kyle S. Burger, PhD, is the first to research food based reward learning in humans.  Dr. Burger examined brain responses on fMRI’s while participants were repeatedly shown an arbitrary cue paired with a chocolate milkshake.  Were participants vulnerable to overeating in the same way that Pavlov’s Dogs learned to salivate to the sound of a bell? Discover the answer.

Department of Defense Funding Training

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBiotech) is demystifying the Department of Defense (DoD) funding process.  NCBiotech will be holding a half-day training session detailing the entire process of identifying, pursuing and receiving DoD funding.  Speakers at the training session will share their first-hand experiences with the DoD funding process. The event is free but registration for the training session on April 15, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. is required.



Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

SBIR / STTR Phase 1 Match Program for North Carolina Awardees

Solicitation now open!

The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s program is designed to award matching funds to North Carolina businesses who have been awarded a SBIR or STTR Phase I award.  To be eligible, applicants must have received official notification of Phase 1 award by a Federal SBIR / STTR agency between July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015. 


Maximum Grant Award: 50% of the Federal SBIR/STTR Program award, not to exceed $50,000.


Submission Dates: July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.