School News

Physician asks, ‘Global health: What’s in it for us?’

November 27, 2017
Dr. Satish Gopal, an American oncologist who lives and works in Malawi, makes a case for the importance of research and practice in global health. His commentary appears in the Oct. 10 issue of JAMA. (Photo courtesy of the Vermont National Guard.)

Smoke-free air laws found to have no greater financial impact on small businesses than large ones

November 25, 2017
The spread of clean indoor air laws in the U.S. has stagnated in recent years, in part due to concerns that such laws cause an undue economic burden to small businesses. Doctoral student Paul Shafer conducted a statistical analysis that disproved this anecdotal claim.

Gillings School alumna selected as Mitchell Scholar

November 20, 2017
Shauna Rust, BSPH, 2016 Gillings School alumna, has been named a recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which supports graduate studies in Ireland. Rust, now a public health analyst in the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, was one of 12 in the U.S. selected for the award.

Two from Gillings School bring home prize from inaugural Healthcare Case Competition

November 17, 2017
Aditi Borde and Chelsea Anderson, both first-year graduate students in the Department of Health Policy and Management, were on the winning team for the inaugural Kenan-Flagler Business School Healthcare Case Competition, which sought solutions to the opioid crisis.

Chen, Leos recognized as outstanding social entrepreneurs with Forbes ’30 under 30’ award

November 15, 2017
Health behavior doctoral students Liz Chen and Cristina Leos were selected by Forbes magazine’s ’30 Under 30′ program as outstanding social entrepreneurs. They are two of the three co-founders of MyHealthEd, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based nonprofit organization that uses technology to make health education more accessible for teens. Photo by Brian Strickland.

Ramaswamy, others at Gillings School part of award-winning evaluation team

November 15, 2017
Dr. Rohit Ramaswamy was a key member of a team that won the American Evaluation Association’s 2017 Outstanding Evaluation Award, announced by the Association on Nov. 3.

Examples from Puerto Rico: Why the federal government must stay involved in Medicaid services

November 14, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Oberlander and colleagues assess the negative consequences of caps on Medicaid funding in an article published online Nov. 8 in the American Journal of Public Health.

Thirteen public health undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

November 14, 2017
Thirteen Gillings School undergraduates were inducted recently into Phi Beta Kappa, the United States’ oldest and most honored college honorary society.

Simulations show that slowing climate change globally would improve US air quality, save thousands of lives

November 14, 2017
Actions to significantly slow climate change would improve air quality in the United States, avoiding roughly 24,000 premature deaths associated with air pollution in the year 2050.

Evidence, ethics and human rights should shape policies related to migration and health

November 10, 2017
Dr. Dilshad Jaff and colleagues offer new perspectives on the challenges of migrant health, particularly focusing on migrants with tuberculosis. They call for alliances between TB programs and migrants’ rights organizations, noting that rational public health and human rights approaches can ease the health burden for migrating people.