Dr. Gene Matthews

Gene W. Matthews, JD

Director, Southeastern Region, Network for PH Law
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
CB #8165
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3418


Gene Matthews, JD is a senior investigator at the NC Institute for Public Health, where he conducts legal research and provides technical assistance to public health practitioners on legal topics.

He is also the Director of the Southeastern Regional Center of the Network for Public Health Law, which provides legal assistance on a variety of public health topics, enabling practitioners, lawyers and policymakers to apply the law to pressing public health issues.

From 1979-2004, Gene worked at the CDC, serving for many years as the Chief Legal Advisor in the Office of General Counsel. 

Mr. Matthews received both his BA in history and mathematics and his JD from UNC. He co-instructs a course on health law and ethics for the Executive DrPH program. 

Representative Courses

HPM 810 - Leadership in Health Law and Ethics


  • BA, History and Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1967
  • JD, Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1971