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Rachel A. Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH

Dr. Rachel Wilfert

Rachel A. Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH

Director, Workforce Training & Education
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
  • 214 Rosenau Hall
  • CB 8165
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8165
  • USA
Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH  is the director of workforce training and education for the NC Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) and an adjunct assistant professor in the Public Health Leadership Program.

As a member of the leadership team she is responsible for overseeing NCIPH’s portfolio of training and workforce development programs. She is honored to lead an amazing team of workforce development professionals who strive to provide educational programs that meet the needs of the public health workforce in North Carolina and beyond and is particularly proud of the partner-driven, collaborative approach that underlies NCIPH’s training work.

Rachel has expertise in the full cycle of professional development activities including needs assessment, training development and evaluation and has a special soft spot for the development and delivery of online learning programs as well as for interprofessional education. When she’s not at work Rachel can be found down a winding dirt road in Chatham County enjoying time with her two daughters.

Representative Courses

PUBH 810 Population Health: Interprofessional Management in a Changing Healthcare System

Key Publications

Impact of an interprofessional population health course and clinical immersion experience: Students and practice outcomes. Zomorodi M, Zerden LDS, Nance-Floyd B, Alexander L, Wilfert R, Byerly J. (2017). J Interprof Educ Pract, 9.

Accelerating preparedness: Leveraging the UNC PERLC to improve other projects related to public health surveillance, assessment, and regionalization. Horney JA, Wilfert RA (2014). J Public Health Management Practice, 20(5), S76–S78.

Assessing Outcomes of Online Training in Public Health: Changes in Individual and Organizational Knowledge and Capacity. Wallace JW, Horney JA, Wilfert RA, Alexander LK (2013). Pharmacy, 1(2), 107-118.

Development of a training web site for public health preparedness continuing education. Alexander LK, Wallace JW, Wilfert R, Horney J (2008). J Interact Instr Dev, 20(1), 28-38.


MD, Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, 2001

MPH, Maternal and Child Health, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Public Health, 1999

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