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Alice Ammerman, DrPH

Mildred Kaufman Distinguished Professor Department of Nutrition
Director Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

1700 Martin Luther King Boulevard

CB #7426

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Ammerman is interested in design and testing of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low income and minority populations. Dr. Ammerman has strong research and practice collaborations across the state addressing childhood obesity and was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to serve on the Childhood Obesity Study Committee, charged with recommending legislative action around childhood obesity. She is also PI of the Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation, charged with identification, translation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for obesity and cardiovascular disease control and prevention. More recent research interests focus on school nutrition policy associated with childhood obesity, sustainable agriculture as it relates to improved nutrition, and social entrepreneurship as a sustainable approach to addressing public health concerns.

Honors and Awards

Public Health Systems and Services Research, Academic Researcher Award from the North Carolina Public Health Association
2014, North Carolina Public Health Association

Ned Brooks Award for Public Service
2011, UNC-CH

Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award
2006, American Public Health Association

Greenberg Award
2000, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Delta Omega Honor Society and Special Service Award
1981, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Magna Cum Laude
1976, Duke University

Representative Courses

Co-Teaches NUTR 245: Sustainable, Local Food Systems – Intersection of local foods and public health

NUTR 780: Public Health Entrepreneurship

NUTR 875: Nutrition Policy Seminar

Research Interests
  • Aging
  • Behavior Science
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Health Equity
  • Health Services and Systems Strengthening
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Implementation Science
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Obesity
  • Oral Health
  • Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)
Key Publications

Developing an agenda for research about policies to improve access to healthy foods in rural communities: a concept mapping study. A Ammerman, C Byker, W Dean, S Fleischhacker, D Johnson, J Kolodinsky, C Pinard, S Pitts, E Quinn, J Sharkey, M Sitaker (2014). BMC public health, 14(1), 592.

A Comparison of Live Counseling With a Web-Based Lifestyle and Medication Intervention to Reduce Coronary Heart Disease Risk: A Randomized Clinical Trial. A Ammerman, S Bangdiwala, K Donahue, L Draeger, K Evenson, E Finkelstein, Z Gizlice, M Gross, L Johnston, T Keyserling, E Kruger, M Pignone, C Samuel-Hodge, S Sheridan, P Sloane, E Steinbacher, M Vu, B Weiner (2014). JAMA internal medicine.

A systematic approach to evaluating public health training: The obesity prevention in public health course. Alice Ammerman, Rosanne Farris, Cecilia Gonzales, Claire Heiser, Jennifer Leeman, Avia Mainor, Janice Sommers (2014). Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Associations Between Neighborhood-Level Factors Related to a Healthful Lifestyle and Dietary Intake, Physical Activity, and Support for Obesity Prevention Polices Among Rural Adults. Alice Ammerman, Kelly Evenson, Beverly Garcia, Ziya Gizlice, Larry Johnston, Thomas Keyserling, Jared McGuirt, Stephanie Pitts, Ann Rafferty, Tosha Smith (2014). Journal of Community Health.


RD, Nutrition, American Dietetic Association, 2007

DrPH, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990

MPH, Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1981

BA, Comparatiave Area Studies in Africa, Anthropology, Duke University, 1976