William R. Carpenter, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
Senior Research Associate
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Radiation Oncology
CB #7512
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7512


William R Carpenter, PhD, MHA, is Senior Research Investigator in the UNC-Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNC-LCCC) and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
His research has centered on racial disparities in cancer prevention, treatment, and outcomes, cancer care quality, innovation diffusion, and geographic variation in cancer care and patient participation in cancer clinical trials. He has 90 peer-reviewed publications in these areas. In his current role, he develops research proposals, conducts analyses, develops manuscripts, and mentors advanced trainees in UNC’s School of Medicine and School of Public Health. This extends his work in prior roles including as Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Faculty Director of UNC-LCCC’s Integrated Cancer Information and Surveillance System (ICISS), PI of the AHRQ-funded Cancer DEcIDE Comparative Effectiveness Research Consortium site at UNC, co-investigator and mentor in the NCI-funded Carolina Community Network to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, core faculty member in UNC’s NCI-funded Cancer Care Quality Training Program, and the Cancer Epidemiologist for the State of North Carolina’s Comprehensive Cancer Program.
He has been PI, co-PI, or co-investigator for numerous federally funded studies relating to prostate cancer, racial disparities, population health research using large secondary data sets, and comparative effectiveness of health interventions. He has mentored numerous trainees in UNC’s schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine at the bachelors-, masters-, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels, and has served as masters thesis reader and dissertation committee member for multiple trainees.

Research Activities

  • Cancer care quality and outcomes
  • Racial disparities
  • Innovation diffusion
  • Translating research into practice
  • Data systems for population-based research
  • Cancer clinical trial participation


  • BS, Biology, Hampden-Sydney College, 1993
  • MHA, Healthcare Administration, Medical College of Virginia, 1997
  • PhD, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004