Informal water contracts could provide quicker, cheaper ways to reduce impact of droughts

May 31, 2024
Research led by environmental scientists at the Gillings School suggests that cost-effective informal water contracts could be a quicker and more affordable way to bring water to cities and homes during droughts and other emergencies.

Honoring Dr. James Swenberg, Kenan Distinguished Professor of environmental sciences and engineering

March 4, 2024
James Swenberg, DVM, DACVP, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, died October 5, 2023. There will be a Scientific Symposium to honor him and his work on March 22 from 3–5 p.m. in 133 Rosenau Hall at the Gillings School.

Clark, Dussault advance public health scholarship at Institut Pasteur as inaugural Lady Mireille and Sir Dennis Gillings Global Public Health Fellows

December 12, 2023
Drs. Jeliyah Clark and Josée Dussault, Gillings School alumnae, traveled to Paris in early 2023 as part of the fellowship, where they are currently advancing their skillsets and scholarship in public health and anticipate future training in business and finance that can help them become public health entrepreneurs.

UNC Gillings School puts a global focus on water and health

December 1, 2023
Today more than 2 billion people worldwide live without access to safely managed drinking water and more than 3 billion live without safely managed sanitation services. The Water and Health Conference, hosted by the Water Institute at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, marshals global collaboration to address the world’s drinking water and sanitation challenges.  

UNC-led study links exposure to metals in NC well water to preterm birth risk

November 10, 2023
The new study found that in North Carolina, prenatal exposure to certain metals in private well water was linked with a significantly increased risk of preterm birth. 

UNC Hosts Largest Global Event on Water and Health

November 7, 2023 The UNC Water and Health Conference has become the world’s largest annual international conference dedicated exclusively to water and health. The Conference is hosted by the Water... Read more »

Improving access to public toilets can reduce health hazards in cities 

September 21, 2023
Public toilets are uncommon in American cities. Combined with the growing problem of homelessness, uncontained fecal wastes have been widely documented – a result of what researchers refer to as “open defecation.”  

The Abstract: August 7, 2023

August 7, 2023
Our students, faculty and alumni continue to advance work in public health! Plus, biostatistics students and researchers are honored at annual Joint Statistical Meetings and an alum publishes a new environmental mystery novel.

New research finds risk from hot weather depends partly on where you live

July 31, 2023
“As far as we know, this is the first study to determine that among people at high risk for heat-related cardiovascular problems, people living in urban heat islands are especially vulnerable.”

New UNC study quantifies $562M in financial risk from Hurricane Florence using novel modeling approach that evaluates risk of mortgage default and property abandonment

March 31, 2023
A new study from Carolina researchers estimates $562 million in previously unquantified financial risks arising from property value changes and uninsured flood damages in eastern North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Florence.

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