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Anna P. Schenck, PhD

Anna P. Schenck, PhD

Professor of the Practice
Public Health Leadership Program
Associate Dean for Practice
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Public Health Leadership Program
  • 4103 McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7469
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Before joining UNC in 2009, Dr. Schenck worked with the Quality Improvement Organization for North and South Carolina to improve the quality of care provided to Medicare enrollees. In this role, she led two national measurement development projects, one for colorectal cancer screening and one for hospice care.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Schenck worked with a North Carolina local health department, serving first as a health educator and then as the county epidemiologist.

Dr. Schenck has extensive experience in measure development and assessing the scientific soundness of measures. Her passion is developing methods to use data to improve community health outcomes.

She has served on numerous national measurement panels on various topics, including hospice and palliative care, cancer methods, senior health and community preparedness. Dr. Schenck also chairs the scientific advisory committee for the America’s Health Ranking.

Honors and Awards

Delta Omega

2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching Innovation Award

2016, Public Health Leadership Program, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina

Representative Courses

Research Activities

Dr. Schenck's primary research activities involve using new data sources or combining multiple data sources to measure public health outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement. She calls herself an "interventionist epidemiologist" because her interest in data -- and big data -- extend only to the extent to which they can be used to intervene. Dr. Schenck is also interested in:

Using data to improve practice
Leadership for population health

Research Interests

Service Activities

NC Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, 2015-current

North Carolina State Public Health Laboratory
Facilitator for state laboratory capabilities assessment, 2014

North Carolina Community Health Center Association
Robert J. Greczyn, Jr. Community Health Center Leadership Award Committee, 2013

Population Health Improvement Partners
Advisory Board, 2011 - current

NC Institute of Medicine Task Force on Evidence-Based Public Health, 2012

Practice Activities

Dr. Schenck chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Americas Health Ranking, a project sponsored by the United Health Foundation.

Key Publications

Staff/Administrative Duties

Associate dean for practice

Director, Public Health Leadership Program


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