Departments overview

After Victor Zhong (above, center) gained research experience in the Department of Nutrition, he traveled to China's Sichuan province where he and his group collected first-hand data in the field. Based on their statistical analysis, proposals such as sterilizing water regularly and giving sufficient first aid were adopted by local governments.

With our 50+ degree programs and certificates within seven academic departments and one interdisciplinary program, we are confident that there is something for you here.

Unsure of which department best fits your interests and career goals?

Poor birth outcomes and infant mortality are major public health problems in North Carolina and around the world. Use this case example to help you start exploring which public health department is the one for you.

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Possible Departments for You

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Designing, implementing and evaluating research-tested public health programs.

I’m interested in improving birth outcomes among HIV+ women in sub-Saharan Africa through interventions that the community really wants and that will make a measurable difference.

Possible Departments for You

Start by investigating options in health behavior, maternal and child health and nutrition.

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Understanding causes of disease and mortality. Strong focus on social determinants and methods. Developing and applying statistical methods and analyses to help solve public health problems.

I’d like to learn from those who have identified causes of poor birth outcomes (epidemiology) or have developed, tested, and led in the scale-up of new methods for analyzing “big data” about poor birth outcomes (biostatistics).

Possible Departments for You

Take a look at degree programs in epidemiology and biostatistics. One of those may be a good fit for your background and interests.

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Developing solutions that involve the interface between people and the environment.

I spent two years in the Peace Corps in India focused on sanitation and hygiene in a rural community in Maharashtra. Thousands of children under age five in India die every year from diarrheal diseases. Aren’t there less expensive, ideally water-free, solutions to improving sanitation and hygiene?

Possible Departments for You

This is a major focus of environmental sciences and engineering, which may offer the education and experiences you’re looking for.

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Improving health services in North Carolina and around the world.

I’m a pediatrician in a North Carolina community hospital. I would like to better understand public health approaches to preventing poor birth outcomes in our state. I would also like to know about strategies for leading, and making the business case for, an effort to reduce poor birth outcomes.

Possible Departments for You

Start by looking at options in health policy and management or our public health leadership program.