Carol Runyan

Carol Runyan, PhD

Professor Emerita
Department of Health Behavior


Carol Runyan has nearly 40 years of experience as an injury scholar. She is a Professor Emeritus at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health and a part-time professor, in phased retirement, with the Colorado School of Public Health where she co-directs the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER). Previously, Dr. Runyan led the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center for more than two decades.

Her numerous publications address both the epidemiology and prevention of injuries on a number of topics, including unintentional injuries occurring in the home, roadway, school and work environments and has recently focused on suicide prevention and child maltreatment.

Dr. Runyan has worked extensively with practice-based colleagues in federal, state and local health agencies and teaches public health students. In 2012, she was named one of the most influential leaders in injury control by the CDC, and, in 2014, received a Distinguished Career Award from the APHA.

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Career Award
2014, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, American Public Health Association

Teaching Interests

Graduate-level courses at the Colorado School of Public Health:
     Foundations of Public Health
     Historical and Conceptual Issues in Public Health
     Ethical Issues in Public Health
     Public Health as Social Change
     Professional Issues in Public Health
     Developing a research proposal
     How to do a dissertation

Research Activities

Child and adolescent health
Injury and violence prevention and control
Mental health
Worksite and occupational health

Practice Activities

Child and adolescent health
Health equity
Injury and violence prevention and control

Key Publications

Lethal Means Counseling for Parents of Youth Seeking Emergency Care for Suicidality. Runyan CW, Becker A, Brandspigel S, Barber C, T rudeau A, Novins D (2016). Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 17(1), 8-14.

Preventing the invisible plague of firearm suicide. Runyan CW, Brown TL, Brooks-Russell A. (2015). American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 85(3), 221-224.

Using the Haddon matrix: introducing the third dimension. Runyan CW. (2015). Injury Prevention, 21(2), 126-130.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Injury Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 1986
  • PhD, Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Minnesota, 1975