Associate Professor Stephanie Wheeler discusses the disparities in who tends to face more financial hardship when it comes to health care costs.
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For UNC senior Michelle Ballasiotes, stroke is personal. Having suffered a stroke before birth, she has had a lot of time to think about what pediatric stroke patients and their families go through and how that experience can be improved. She has translated her insights into concrete actions that raise money for research, offer encouragement to patients and improve health care providers' awareness of pediatric stroke symptoms.Read This Story
"Disrupted: Eviction and Health in Durham, N.C." is Karla's website. Through photos and stories, it offers a glimpse into how no-fault eviction often leads to poor health outcomes.Read This Story
As an entrepreneurial community flourishes across the Research Triangle region, grad student Susanna Choi (at left) works to accelerate the pipeline of female innovators.Read This Story
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- Environmental Sciences and Engineering
- Health Behavior
- Health Policy and Management
- Maternal and Child Health
- Public Health Leadership
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.
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.
Remembering the Stonewall Rebellion
During Pride Month, Dean Barbara K. Rimer reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. She writes: "History is a good teacher. It’s time to remind ourselves in public health that we stand for equity for all, and that our work is part of a larger effort and campaign for human rights. We’re all in it together."Read more