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 go here.


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 $12,000 annually for three years. For additional information and a list of past recipients, please go here.

Now accepting nominations for the 2020 recipient of the Bernard G. Greenberg Award! Submit your nomination by February 28, 2020.

2019 Awards presented at the Gillings School’s 79th Commencement

John Wiesman, DrPH, and Jill Stewart, PhD, were honored with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s most prestigious awards for alumni and faculty at the Gillings School’s 79th commencement ceremony on May 11. Read more.

The Barr Award

John Wiesman

John Wiesman

John Wiesman, DrPH, secretary of health at the Washington State Department of Health and adjunct assistant professor of health policy and management, received the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award. Weisman earned his DrPH in 2012 from the Gillings School.


Jill Stewart

Jill Stewart

The Greenberg Award

Jill Stewart, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering and deputy director of the Galápagos Initiative and the Center of Galápagos Studies, received the Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award.

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