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Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPH

Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor
Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Dean's Office
  • 170 Rosenau Hall
  • CB #7400
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPH, is Alumni Distinguished Professor and dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

She also is the author of over 270 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has explored multiple areas, especially motivating people to be screened for cancer and enhancing their informed decision making.

Dean Rimer is the first woman and behavioral scientist to chair the National Cancer Institute's National Cancer Advisory Board. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2008 and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the President’s Cancer Panel, which she chaired from 2011 to January 2019. In 2013, she was awarded the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for her cancer control research.

Honors and Awards

Order of the Golden Fleece

2013, UNC-Chapel Hill

Blue Ribbon Gala Honoree

2013, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

Order of the Grail-Valkyries

2012, UNC-Chapel Hill

American Cancer Society's Medal of Honor

2013, American Cancer Society

CECCR Leadership Award

2011, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Elected to Institute of Medicine

2008, Institute of Medicine

Award for Health Promotion

2004, HealthTrac

Health Diversity Award

2002, NCI

Distinguished Service Award

2000, American Cancer Society

Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service

2000, DHHS

Director's Award

2000, NIH

John McGovern Award in Health Promotion

1999, University of Texas, School of Public Health

Distinguished Achievement Award

1998, American Society of Preventive Oncology

Research Activities


Evidence-based public health

Health behavior

Health communication

HPV vaccination

Service Activities

2018 - present: Member, Governor's Commission on Inclusion

2016 - 2017: Member, Blue Ribbon Panel, National Cancer Moonshot Initiative

2011 - present: Chair, President’s Cancer Panel (Presidential appointment)

2008 - 2015: At Large Member, Board of Directors, ASPPH (Elected)

2003 - 2015: Member, Task Force on Community Preventive Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Vice-Chair, 2004-2015)

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