October 8, 2018


Honoring the legacy of two visionary leaders


Dr. John Hatch

Dr. John Hatch

Howard Barnhill

Howard Barnhill

The Hatch-Barnhill Scholarship, established in 1997, honors two distinguished former faculty members in the Gillings School’s health behavior department.

Dr. John Hatch and the late Howard Barnhill dedicated their careers to community-based public health programs and advocacy on behalf of the poor and underserved in North Carolina, across the country and around the world.

Both took an active interest in mentoring students interested in public health practice, especially students of color.

The annually awarded scholarship aims to advance the ideals exemplified by these two leaders.

Linda Kastleman

John Hatch, DrPH, is W.R. Kenan Jr. Professor emeritus of health behavior at the Gillings School. His area of expertise is health promotion and disease prevention, especially for African-Americans. His work with Jack Geiger, MD, in the 1960s, at the Delta Health Center, in Mound Bayou, Miss., proved the value of community health centers, especially in black and rural communities.

Howard Barnhill earned a Master of Science in Public Health degree from North Carolina Central University. He was associate professor of health education (now health behavior) at UNC-Chapel Hill and, for a decade, served as a North Carolina state legislator. He died in 1996.


To learn more about Dr. Hatch’s work, please visit tinyurl.com/nih-against-the-odds. Consider honoring Dr. Barnhill and Dr. Hatch with a gift today. Contact Advancement at (919) 966-0198 or giving.sph@unc.edu.


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