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Laura Linnan, ScD

Dr. Laura Linnan

Laura Linnan, ScD

Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Department of Health Behavior
Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health
  • 307 Rosenau Hall
  • CB# 7440
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA
Laura Linnan has more than 25 years of experience as a public health practitioner and researcher who works to eliminate chronic disease disparities with multi-level interventions designed and delivered in collaboration with the intended beneficiaries of these programs, policies or environmental supports. She is a professor in the Department of Health Behavior, founding director of the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), and serves as the Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs for the Gillings School. 

Dr. Linnan’s applied intervention research aims to prevent and control chronic diseases such as cancer, CVD/stroke, diabetes and arthritis. She is on the scientific advisory board for the University of Washington Prevention Research Center, and on two Centers for Excellence in Workforce Health (Harvard and Iowa).  She has served on a variety of science advisory panels at CDC, NIOSH, ACS and NIH. Her multi-disciplinary research teams include students and community collaborators who apply community-based participatory research principles to plan, deliver and evaluate interventions that take place in worksites, colleges/universities, beauty and barbershops, childcare centers, churches, public libraries and other community settings. She also designs and applies innovative, mixed method designs, as well as rigorous process and outcome evaluations.

In her capacity as Senior Associate Dean, Academic and Student Affairs, Linnan is leading a team of faculty and students who are re-designing and implementing an integrated Gillings MPH core curriculum – a 12-credit, 2-semester training program for all MPH/MSPH terminal degree students at Gillings – and an online version of the School's MPH training program. She was instrumental in developing the current Health Behavior Master of Public Health training program and taught the program planning and capstone courses.

Research Activities

Cardiovascular disease
Health behavior
Health communication
Minority health
Occupational health
Women's health

Key Publications

Comprehensive approach to planning public health programs and policies. In Boulton, M : Maxcy-Rosenau-Last. (Eds.), Public Health and Preventive Medicine, 16th Edition. Linnan, L. and Leff, M.  (2019). Mc-Graw-Hill Inc..

The Health and Working Conditions of Women Employed in Child Care. L Linnan, G Arandia, L Bateman, A Vaughn, N Smith, D Ward (2017). International journal of environmental research and public health, 14(3).

Fidelity and its’ relationship to implementation, adaptation, and dissemination. In: Brownson R., Colditz G., and E.Proctor. (Eds). Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science into Practice, 2nd edition.  Dacey-Allen, J., Shelton, R., Emmons, K. and Linnan, L.  (2017). Oxford University Press.


ScD, Public Health, Harvard University, 1999

MSEd, Public Health, University of Toledo, 1983

BS, Health Education, Indiana State University, 1981

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