Dr. Leah McCall Devlin

Leah McCall Devlin, DDS

Professor of the Practice
Department of Health Policy and Management
104 Rosenau Hall
CB #7415
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7425


Dr. Devlin has more than 40 years in public health practice in North Carolina including 10 years as the Wake County health director and 10 years as the state health director for North Carolina. Dr Devlin has served as a professor of the practice at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health from 2009 until her retirement in 2023.

Among other board experiences, Dr. Devlin is a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Delta Dental of North Carolina, and she serves on the Gillings School of Global Public Health Advisory Council and as trustee of Campbell University. She just stepped down from the position of chair of the CDC Foundation Board after serving there for 11 years.

In other roles, Dr. Devlin served as a consultant for the Research Triangle Institute, International, the Milbank Memorial Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She is the recipient of the UNC Distinguished Alumni Award and the School’s Harriett Barr Distinguished Alumni Award.

Leah Devlin in the Gillings News

Practice Activities

  • Public Health Policy Development
  • Team Building, leadership and mentorship
  • Health in All Policies

Staff/Administrative Duties

  • Assisting faculty, staff and students in engaging in solutions to public health challenges in North Carolina
  • Raising the visibility of the School as an amazing state asset for North Carolina


  • MPH, Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984
  • DDS, Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979
  • BS, Dentistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1976