About the Awards

Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award

Harriet Hylton Barr

Harriet Hylton Barr

Established in 1975, the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the achievements of alumni and their contributions to public health. Each year, it honors a deserving graduate of the School working full-time in public health or in a related field.

The award carries the name of its 1980 recipient, the late Harriet Hylton Barr, to honor her contributions to public health. Barr, who earned her MPH from UNC in 1948, dedicated 28 years of service to the School. She was a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and she was the School’s first director of alumni affairs. For a list of past recipients, and to read more about Harriett Hylton Barr, please visit the Barr Award page.


Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award

Bernard Greenberg

Bernard Greenberg

The Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award was established in 1986 by the School’s Alumni Association in honor of Bernard Greenberg, PhD, a visionary leader who founded the Department of Biostatistics in 1949 which he led for more than 20 years before going on to serve as dean of the School of Public Health from 1972-1982. The award is presented to an outstanding full-time faculty member of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service.

The major criterion for the award is continuous demonstrated excellence over a number of years in service to the broad public health community. The award is intended for a mid-career faculty member as an incentive for continued excellence in these three areas. The award includes a cash prize of $14,000 annually for three years. For additional information and a list of past recipients, please visit the Greenberg Award page.


2021 Awards

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, Catherine Sullivan, MPH, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, and were honored with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s most prestigious awards for alumni and faculty. Read more.

The Barr Award

Dr. Leandris Liburd

Dr. Leandris Liburd

Leandris Liburd, PhD, MPH, is the 2021 recipient of the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award. She currently serves as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s associate director for minority health and health equity. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the Gillings School’s Department of Health Behavior in 1982.


The Greenberg Award

Dr. Stephanie Wheeler

Catherine Sullivan

Catherine Sullivan

Catherine Sullivan, MPH, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, received the 2021 Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award. Sullivan is director and assistant professor at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute in the Department of Maternal and Child Health. She received an MPH in nutrition from the Gillings School in 2000. Wheeler teaches in the Department of Health Policy and Management and directs the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement within the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received a Doctor of Philosophy from the Gillings School’s Department of Health Policy and Management in 2010.