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Dana Rice, DrPH

Dana Rice

Dana Rice, DrPH

Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
  • 4111 McGavran-Greenberg Hall Chapel Hill, NC 27599 USA

Dana Rice, DrPH, assistant professor, is a public health professional and researcher with expertise in: public health practice, leadership and training; correctional healthcare; HIV/STD prevention among vulnerable populations, and; health equity.

Dr. Rice spent the last 16 years working in the public, private and non-profit sectors, most recently on documenting the impact of HIV and STD screening on the health of male and female inmates housed in short term correctional settings, developing models of health services for institutionalized populations, and training medical students in public health principals.

Prior to joining the Gillings School, Dr. Rice served as the practicum director in the MPH program at Wayne State University School of Medicine (Detroit, MI), health promotion/disease prevention director in the Wayne County Jails and as a consultant on community innovation and grant development for a local institute of public health.    

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

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