Eva Rehfuess, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering


Dr. Rehfuess leads research on maternal, child and environmental health in developing countries, coordinates the Global Public Health module as part of the Master of Public Health and MSc in Epidemiology, and teaches principles of Epidemiology for medical students at the Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, Munich Center of Health Sciences, Pettenkofer School of Public Health at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany.

She worked for The World Health Organization in Geneva for 7 years, where she established and coordinated the Programme on Indoor Air Pollution and supported the Initiative on Children’s Environmental Health Indicators.

She collaborates with students and researchers through the Water Institute at UNC, in the development of health-based guidelines on sanitation. She also has expertise in the effects of cookstoves on indoor air quality.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Rehfuess teaches a global public health module that is part of two master's programs.

Research Activities

    Methods for evidence-based public health
    Systematic reviews
    Evaluation of complex interventions
    Household air pollution from solid fuel use in developing countries
    Child health in developing countries
    Effectiveness and implementation of the UV Index