“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is going to change everything. It’s going to help us end the pandemic,” said Dr. Noel Brewer, a UNC-Chapel Hill behavioral scientist. Brewer researches why people take vaccines and advises the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
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Dr. Samuel-Hodge has been a professor of nutrition since 2003 and serves as Evaluation Core Director for the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and as Translational and Implementation Research Specialist at the Granville Vance Public Health District Health Department. She is the recipient of the inaugural Gillings Faculty Award for Excellence in Health Equity Research.Read more about Dr. Samuel-Hodge.
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Our departments are home to more than 1,500 diverse, creative and dedicated students. With a Schoolwide focus on interdisciplinary research, collaborative opportunities abound.
Accurate interpretation and use of data is crucial to understanding public health needs and devising comprehensive, evidence-based solutions.
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
The environments in which we live, work and play invariably affect public health. In fact, environmental exposures – most of which can be prevented – account for nearly one quarter of all diseases worldwide.
Epidemiology — the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other risk factors in a population — is the cornerstone of public health inquiry and problem solving.
Health behaviorists use social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote health and foster social justice.
- Brewer named to The Lancet’s commission on vaccine refusal, acceptance and demand
- Diggs appointed Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
- Trainings focused on pain coping skills may also reduce depression linked with perceived discrimination among Black patients
Health Policy and Management
Health policy experts address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge analyses that impact policy at all levels, improving population health.
Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and child health focuses on the determinants and systems that promote and maintain the health of women, children and their families to enhance the future health and welfare of society.
This dynamic field encompasses nutrition science as well as behavior change, communication, counseling and the effects of dietary culture on individuals and within communities.
Public Health Leadership
Applying system thinking and leadership principles in a public health context — with teams, projects, organizations and systems — can eliminate inequities, improve health conditions and foster change in local and global communities.
For the second year in a row, leadership at the Gillings School has been honored with the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to and ongoing promotion of inclusive excellence.Read This Story
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- From Pilot Data to Federal Funding: Lessons from Pilot and Feasibility Program Award Winners March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- Second Annual Department of Epidemiology COVID-19 Updates Seminar March 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
- Entrepreneurship Panel: A Virtual Discussion with Entrepreneurs of Color at the Gillings School April 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm