Jennifer Smith

Jennifer S. Smith, PhD

Department of Epidemiology
2103 Mcgavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7435
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Jennifer S. Smith is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Smith is also affiliated with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC Center for Aids Research and the UNC Center for Women’s Health Research.

Dr. Smith has conducted research on HPV infection and associated cervical neoplasia and cancer since 1995 and has published over 200 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. Her current research focuses on epidemiological studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer worldwide (primarily in China, Kenya, South Africa and North Carolina), with a focus on prevention via screening, HPV self-screening and prophylactic vaccines.

Dr. Smith is currently conducting self-screening demonstration projects of HPV infection among high-risk women in Mombasa, Kenya and in rural North Carolina.

Jennifer Smith in the Gillings News

Honors and Awards

John E. Larsh, Jr. Award
2015, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Research Award
2004, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Elion Research Award
2003, International Herpes Management Forum

Jean Coombs Award
1999, Epidemiology Department, Johns Hopkins University

Chateaubriand Fellowship Recipient
1998, French Embassy

1995, Delta Omega National Public Health Honors Society

Jacob Javitz Graduate Fellowship recipient
1994, The United States Department of Education

Recipient, Samuel Houston Citizenship Award
1991, Johnson Fellowship for Social Work

Samuel Houston Citizenship Award Johnson Fellowship for Social Service work
1991, Samuel Houston Citizenship Award Johnson Fellowship for Social Service work

Harvard Traveller's Club Award
1990, Harvard University

1987, Sigma Xi Scientific Honors Society

Teaching Interests

Dr. Smith taught Vaccine Epidemiology (EPID 799C) in Spring 2015.

She also mentors independent student practicum for research and publication experience.

Research Activities

“Effect of HPV Self-Collection on Cervical Cancer Screening in High Risk Women”
"Overcoming barriers to adolescent vaccination: vaccine champions’ perspectives"
“Evaluation of a Self-Screening Cervical Cancer Test by Mail”
"North Carolina State-Level Partnership to Increase HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention"
“Evaluating a community-driven cervical cancer prevention model in western Kenya”

Key Publications

Opportunities for increasing human papillomavirus vaccine provision in school health centers. N Brewer, P Entzel, A Feld, M Gilkey, J Moss, B O'Malley, J Smith (2014). The Journal of school health, 84(6), 370-8.

Recommendations for a national agenda to substantially reduce cervical cancer.. Smith JS, Brewer NT, Saslow D, Alexander K, Chernofsky MR, Crosby R, Derting L, Devlin L, Dunton CJ, Engle J, Fernandez M, Fouad M, Huh W, Kinney W, Pierce J, Rios E, Rothholz MC, Shlay JC, Shedd-Steele R, Vernon SW, Walker J, Wynn T, Zimet GD, Casey BR. (2013). Cancer Causes Control, 24(8), 1583-93.

Population-based Human Papillomavirus 16,18, 6 and 11 DNA Positivity and Seropositivity in Chinese Women. Smith JS, Belinson JL, Lewkowitz AK, Ji J, Hu SY, Chen W, Esser M, Taddeo FJ, Pretorius RG, Qiao YL.  (2012). Int J Cancer, 131(6), 1388–1395.

Human papillomavirus detection by penile site in young men from Kenya.. Smith JS, Moses S, Hudgens MG, Agot K, Franceschi S, Maclean IW, Ndinya-Achola JO, Parker CB, Pugh N, Meijer CJ, Snijders PJ, Bailey RC. (2007). Sex Transm Dis., 34(11), 928-34.

Chlamydia trachomatis and invasive cervical cancer: a pooled analysis of the IARC multicentric case-control study.. Smith JS, Bosetti C, Muñoz N, Herrero R, Bosch FX, Eluf-Neto J, Meijer CJ, Van Den Brule AJ, Franceschi S, Peeling RW; IARC multicentric case-control study. (2004). Int J Cancer, 111(3), 431-9.

Cervical cancer and use of hormonal contraceptives: a systematic review.. Smith JS, Green J, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Appleby P, Peto J, Plummer M, Franceschi S, Beral V. (2003). Lancet, 381(9364), 1159-67.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, 2000
  • MPH, Population Dynamics, Johns Hopkins University, 1995
  • BA, Chemistry / French, Amherst College, 1991