Doctoral student Mya Roberson believes the post-diagnosis disparity has to do with “political and social processes that have pushed black women in the South to the margins of society.”
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"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
In high school, forensic pathology fascinated Tainayah Thomas. She even interned for a body transport company — but decided she didn't want to be around the deceased constantly. Now, as a doctoral student of health behavior, she focuses on helping the living.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.
Guns and threats of violence have no place on this campus
Dean Barbara K. Rimer responds to recent incidents on campus, including the March 30 defacement of the Unsung Founders Memorial. Photo by Melinda Young.Read more
- Gillings School Alumni Association: Triangle-area Social June 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
- Health Equity Summer Intensive June 10 - June 11
- Interdisciplinary Nutrition Sciences Symposium: Synergizing Animal and Human Obesity Research July 24 - July 25