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Gretchen L. Van Vliet, MPH

Gretchen L. Van Vliet, MPH

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
  • 3040 Cornwallis Road
  • Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
  • USA

Gretchen Van Vliet is a senior public health project director at RTI International and an adjunct assistant professor with the Public Health Leadership Program and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Ms. Van Vliet has more than 20 years of experience in public health, global health, and education programs, research, administration, management, and communications. She is skilled at facilitating and coordinating complex, interdisciplinary research projects and programs in public health and higher education. She has a particular focus on global health, including HIV and emerging infectious diseases, noncommunicable diseases, workforce development, and health communication. She is a strategic thinker and planner, leading cross-organizational initiatives in nonprofits and academia and is adept at stakeholder engagement, client management, and facilitating change management. Ms. Van Vliet has served as a unit leader, business development director, project director, proposal leader, lead trainer, task lead, curriculum developer, project coordinator, instructor, manager, scientific writer, and editor. She is a highly experience grant writer and business development professional with a strong track record of success. She has robust leadership and management abilities that lead to the successful development and implementation of health and education programs.

Key Publications

The role of noncommunicable diseases in the pursuit of global health security. Kostova D, Van Vliet G, Mahar M, Moolenar R, Richter P Health Security (in press).

Pandemic preparedness can be strengthened by including noncommunicable diseases in global health security plans. Manuscript in preparation. Kostova, D, Moolenar R, Mahar M, Van Vliet G, Richter P

Global health is (local) public health. Bentley, M., & Van Vliet, G (2010). North Carolina Medical Journal, 71(5), 448-451.

Past, present and future: Mathematics and science education through a statewide network. Issues in Science Education. Madrazo, G., & Van Vliet, G (1886). National Science Teachers Association.


MPH, Public Health Leadership: Stakeholder engagement lead with North Carolina county health departments for CDC funded , University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

MA, International communication with emphasis on communicating women’s health issues in developing countries with a focus on sub‐Saharan Africa. , University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 1994

BA, Communications/Mass Media, Denison University, 1991

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