Dr. Dana Rice

Dana Rice, DrPH

Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Assistant Dean
Master's Degree Program
4111 McGavran-Greenberg Hall Chapel Hill, NC 27599 USA


Dana Rice, DrPH, assistant professor, is a public health practitioner and researcher who examines best practices in public health leadership and community engagement with a health equity, social justice and human rights lens. Her primary focus is on the integration of public health and correctional health systems and the impact of mass criminalization and mass incarceration on public health. She was a recipient of the student-nominated Award for Excellence in Teaching and Innovation, the peer-nominated Delta Omega Faculty Award and a UNC Equity in Teaching fellow.

Prior to joining the faculty at Gillings, Dr. Rice spent 20 years working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her most recent work was dedicated to designing, implementing and evaluating an HIV/STD screening program in a large urban jail and training graduate public health and medical students in translating applied public health practice skills to a variety of community settings.

Honors and Awards

Teaching Innovation Award
2018-2019, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Delta Omega Faculty Award
2018-2019, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Adobe Course Development Grant
2018-2019, Adobe and UNC Center for Faculty Excellence

Outstanding New Researcher in HIV Prevention Award, Program Collaboration and Service Integration Track
2009, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

W.K. Kellogg Emerging Leader in Public Health Fellow
2005-2006, Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Representative Courses

Introduction to Public Health Practice (PUBH 680)

Community Health Improvement and Assessment (PUBH 745)

The Public Health Impact of Criminalizing the Marginalized (PUBH 782)

Mass Incarceration and Public Health (PUBH 783)


  • Dr.PH, Social and Behavioral Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 2010
  • MS, Health Services, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 2004
  • BS, Biology, Clark-Atlanta University, 1998