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Jennifer S. Smith, PhD

Jennifer S. Smith, PhD

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

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.

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”

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