Global Health Faculty Members

Explore UNC Gillings research around the world.

UNC Gillings faculty members conduct research in 82 countries. Explore our research!

Gillings School faculty members are leaders in determining risk factors for cancer, using technology to reduce the health impacts of diabetes, creating policy changes to discourage young people from smoking, and designing better ways to reach millions with clean, safe water and sanitation. The lessons we learn globally often are used to save lives and transform public health in North Carolina, and research conducted here has impact and relevance around the world. Last year nearly half of our faculty members research grants and contracts had a global health focus.

Browse our global health faculty members by department, focus area/research interest, and country.

NameDepartmentFocus Areas/Research Interests
Countries (Current and Previous Research/Work)
Richard BilsborrowBiostatisticsBehavior Science; Economic Development/Poverty; Demography; Population and Environment; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Survey DesignBolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey
Annie Green HowardBiostatisticsCardiovascular disease; Obesity; Longitudinal and correlated data; Missing data; Latent variablesChina, Thailand
Chirayath SuchindranBiostatisticsAging; Cardiovascular Disease; Global Health; Reproductive Health; Formal demographyBangladesh, India, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine
Donglin ZengBiostatisticsSemiparametric and Nonparametic Inference; High-dimensional Estimation; Survival AnalysisMultiple countries
Ralph BaricEpidemiologyInfectious DiseasesMultiple countries
Jeannette BensenEpidemiologyProstate cancer; Molecular genetic epidemiology; Cancer survivorship/progression; Gene structure-function; BioinformaticsInternational collaboration
Myron CohenEpidemiologyTransmission of HIV; Prevention of transmission of HIV; Pharmacology of ART in the genital tract; Treatment to prevention of transmission of HIV; Sexually Transmitted DiseasesMultiple countries particularly: Malawi and China
Andrew EdmondsEpidemiologyInfectious disease epidemiology (HIV); Women’s and children’s healthDemocratic Republic of Congo, Zambia
Jessie EdwardsEpidemiologyEpidemiologic methods; HIV Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Dominican Republic
Larry EngelEpidemiologyEnvironmental, Occupational, Cancer; Disaster; Neurological; GeneticsChina, Norway
Stephanie EngelEpidemiologyRepro/Pediatric; Environmental; GeneticsNorway
Nora FranceschiniEpidemiologyCardiovascular disease; Kidney; Hypertension; Genetic epidemiology; Diverse ancestry populations (African & African Americans, American Indian, Hispanic/Latinos)England, Brazil. Collaborations in Europe, Australia, Africa in genetic studies
Emily GowerEpidemiologyInfectious diseases (trachoma, lymphatic filariasis); Pharmacoepi; Ocular epidemiologyEthiopia, Tanzania, Kenya, Niger, Mali, Cameroon, Burkina Faso
Steve MarshallEpidemiologyInjury; Methods; Concussion; ViolenceAustralia, New Zealand
Joanna "Asia" MaselkoEpidemiologyGlobal mental health; Social epidemiology; Maternal depression and child developmentSri Lanka, India, Pakistan
Steve MeshnickEpidemiologyInfectious Diseases; PharmacoepiCambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Thailand
Kari NorthEpidemiologyObesity; Genetics; Cardiovascular; Repro/PediatricBolivia, Chile
Brian PenceEpidemiologyHIV treatmentCameroon, Malawi
Audrey PettiforEpidemiologyHIV/AIDS; Infectious Diseases; Social; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Implementation ScienceSouth Africa
Kimberly PowersEpidemiologyHIV transmission dynamics; HIV care engagement; HIV transmission prevention; Acute HIV infection; Mathematical modelingMalawi, Zambia
David RichardsonEpidemiologyOccupational and environmental epidemiologyFrance, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Japan
Jennifer SmithEpidemiologyCancer; Infectious Diseases; Womens HealthKenya
James "Jim" ThomasEpidemiologyOrganization networks for disease control; Social Epidemiology; Public Health EthicsEthiopia, Kenya
David Jay WeberEpidemiologyHealthcare associated infections; New and emerging infectious diseases; Vaccines;
TB disinfection and sterilization; Hepatitis A and B; Biothreats
Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, England, Saudi Arabia, Nicaragua, multiple locations in Africa
Daniel WestreichEpidemiologyHIV; Women’s reproductive health; Infectious diseases (Ebola, Zika, HCV);
Epidemiologic methods for implementation science
Malawi, Nicaragua, South Africa, United States
Jamie BartramEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Policy, Decision-Making and Risk Assessment: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Health Equity; Water and Sanitation; Infectious Diseases; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); Implementation Science; Public Health Law and EthicsAlbania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China; Colombia; Croatia, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egyp, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe
Jacqueline MacDonald GibsonEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringCharacterizing environmental impacts on public healthUnited Arab Emirates
Pete KolskyEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Policy, Decision-Making and Risk Assessment: Sustainable Water Resources; Contaminant Sources, Fate and Transport: Human Exposure and Health Effects; Water and Sanitation; Infectious Diseases; Teaching and Learning Methods; Emergency Preparedness and ResponseIndia
Jill StewartEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health; Contaminant Sources, Fate and Transport: Human Exposure and Health Effects, Sustainable Water Resources; Exposure Science; Water and Sanitation; Infectious DiseaseEcuador, Mozambique
James SwenbergEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringExposure Biology, Biomarkers and Mechanisms of Disease: Human Exposure & Health Effects, Risk AssessmentGermany, United Kingdom
William VizueteEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringAir quality; Atmospheric processes; Policy, decision-making and risk assessmentUnited Arab Emirates, Qatar, Thailand, Ecuador
Jason WestEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringGlobal Environmental Health: Air Quality & Atmospheric Processes; Impacts and Mitigation of Climate Change: Air Quality & Atmospherics Processes, Human Exposure & Health Effects; Policy, Decision-Making and Risk Assessment: Air Quality & Atmospheric ProcessesMexico, United Arab Emirates
Dale WhittingtonEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringWater supply and sanitation in developing countries; Vaccine policy and economics; Management of international rivers; Benefit-cost analysis; Nonmarket valuationEgypt, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nepal, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, India, Korea, Bangladesh, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Haiti, Guatemala, Mexico, Chile, Bulgaria, Ukraine
Courtney WoodsEnvironmental Sciences & EngineeringIndustrial Hazards; Exposure and Risk Assessment; Environmental JusticeBrazil
Clare BarringtonHealth BehaviorGender; HIV/AIDS; Latino Health and Migration; Qualitative Methods; Sexuality; Social NetworksCuba, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Malawi
Ed FisherHealth BehaviorCancer; Diabetes; Global Health; Health Behavior; Mental HealthChina
Vivian GoHealth BehaviorGlobal Health; HIV/AIDS; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Substance Abuse; Implementation Science; Health BehaviorVietnam
Jim HerringtonHealth BehaviorBehavioral epidemiology; Risk perceptions and health behavior; Vector-borne and immunizable infectious diseases; Malaria; Falsified and substandard medicines; Communication of science and technologyCote d’Ivoire, Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal
Alexandra LightfootHealth BehaviorYouth development; HIV prevention; Adolescent health and education; Health EquitySouth Africa, Niger, Kenya
Suzanne MamanHealth BehaviorGlobal Health; Health Behavior; HIV/AIDS; Infectious Diseases; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Violence Prevention; Women's HealthTanzania, South Africa
Beth MoraccoHealth BehaviorEthics; Global Health; Health Behavior; Health Policy; Injury Prevention; Reproductive Health; Substance Abuse; Violence Prevention; Women's HealthDemocratic Republic of Congo
Kate MuessigHealth BehaviorHealth Disparities; Key Populations (MSM and Commercial Sex Workers); eHealth/mHealth; HIV/AIDS; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Qualitative Methods; StigmaChina
H. Luz McNaughton ReyesHealth BehaviorDating and intimate partner violence; Adolescent health risk behaviorsNicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, South Africa, Tanzania
Nora RosenbergHealth BehaviorHIV testing, prevention, care and treatment; Family planning; Intimate partner violence; Implementation Science; Behavioral Science; Social protection; EpidemiologyMalawi, South Africa, Kenya, Botswana, Mozambique, Nicaragua
Jason SmithHealth BehaviorData Demand and Use; Knowledge Management; Capacity Building and Training; Structural, Behavioral and Communications Aspects of Research UtilizationBangladesh, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam
Tran Viet HaHealth BehaviorHealth behavior, HIV/AIDS preventionVietnam
Bruce FriedHealth Policy & ManagementHealthy Systems Strengthening; Quality Improvement; Healthcare Workforce; Health System Financing; Mental Health/Substance AbuseFrance, Germany, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Bill GentryHealth Policy & ManagementHealth administration;
Health policy;
Public health leadership;
Public health preparedness / Disaster management
Moldova, Botswana, Ghana
Dean M. HarrisHealth Policy & ManagementEthics, Global Health; Public Policy/Legal Analysis; Health Equity; Teaching and Learning Methods; Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Public Health LawChina, Taiwan, Japan, European Union
Sheila LeathermanHealth Policy & ManagementGlobal Health; Quality, Quality Improvement, and Performance MeasuresMultiple countries
John PaulHealth Policy & ManagementHIV; Infectious disease; Primary health care organization and deliveryNepal, Sub-Saharan Africa
Sean Y. SylviaHealth Policy & ManagementHealth Economics; Behavioral Economics; Impact Evaluation; Performance-based Contracts; Quality of Care; Early Childhood Development China
Karl UmbleHealth Policy &ManagementProgram evaluation; Continuing Professional Training and Development; Leadership and management developmentVietnam, Philippines
Gustavo AngelesMaternal and Child HealthInternational health; Research Methods; Program Evaluation; Health EconomicsMexico
Shelah BloomMaternal and Child HealthPrevention and response to GBV; Intersections of GBV and HIV, Gender and reproductive health, HIV and maternal healthIndia, Pakistan, Rwanda, Botswana, Thailand, Benin, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Tanzania
Dorothy CilentiMaternal and Child HealthEvidence-based Public Health; Health Administratio; Health Care Delivery; Health Policy; Maternal Health; Mental Health; Public Health Leadership; Public Health Practice; Women's HealthTerritories: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands
Sian CurtisMaternal and Child HealthReproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Injury, Violence and Safety; Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Implementation ScienceBangladesh, Ukraine, Zambia
Carolyn HalpernMaternal and Child HealthAdolescent Health; Sexual Health; Health Equity; Mental Health and Neurological Disorders; Reproductive and Child Health; Alcohol and Drug Use; Behavior Science;Kenya
Kavita Singh OngechiMaternal and Child HealthEvaluation of Maternal and Child Health Interventions; Studying the Influence of Social Factors (Poverty, Education and Gender Equality) on Maternal and Child Health; Water and Sanitation; Infectious Disease; Health Equity; Reproductive Health; Behavior Science; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); Health Services and Systems Strengthening; Implementation ScienceEthiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Aunchalee PalmquistMaternal and Child HealthBreastfeeding/Human Lactation; Medical Anthropology; Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (ICYF-E); Humanitarian Maternal-Child Health; Health Disparities/Health EquityIraq, Bangladesh, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, Greece, Oceania/Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau, Hawaii), Thailand
Herbert PetersonMaternal and Child HealthReproductive Health; Implementation ScienceMultiple countries
Ilene SpeizerMaternal and Child HealthEvaluation of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Programs; Study of Unintended Pregnancy Risk; Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs; Health Equity; Gender Based and Intimate Partner Violence; Behavior Science; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); Implementation ScienceGhana, Haiti, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Togo
Christine TuckerMaternal and Child HealthLatino Health; Migrant Farmworker Health; Women's Reproductive Health; Postpartum Mood and Anxiety DisordersGuatemala, Mexico
Linda AdairNutritionEpidemiology: Maternal and Child Nutrition; Nutrition and HIV; Development Origins of Adult Disease; Cohort StudiesChina, Malawi, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa
Sandra AlbrechtNutritionSocial epidemiology of nutrition; Acculturation and nutrition-related outcomes; Obesity and diabetes in immigrant and Latino populationsMexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Zambia, Malawi
Margaret "Peggy" BentleyNutritionIntervention & Policy: Behavior Science; HIV and Nutrition; Infectious Disease; Nutrition Growth and Child Development; Pediatric Obesity; Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Water and SanitationEcuador, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Peru
Shufa DuNutritionNutrition; Hypertension; Obesity; Other non-communicable diseasesChina
Penny Gordon-LarsenNutritionEpidemiologyChina
Stephanie L. MartinNutritionMaternal and Child Nutrition; Infant Feeding; HIV Prevention; Implementation Science; Behavioral InterventionsEthiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Philip MayNutritionEpidemiologyItaly, South Africa
Elizabeth Mayer-DavisNutritionEpidemiology: Diabetes; Health Equity; Nutrition and Physical Activity; ObesityChina
Shu Wen NgNutritionHealth Economics; Epidemiology: Health Equity; Obesity; Public Health Ethics and Law; Cancer; Exposure Science; Reproductive, Child and Adolescent Health; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Behavior Science; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)Chile, China, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, United States
Barry PopkinNutritionDesign and evaluation of large-scale regulatory/tax measure to improve food systems and diets; Epidemiology: Health Equity; Nutrition and Physical Activity; Obesity; Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis); DiabetesBrazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, India, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Lindsey Smith TaillieNutritionNutrition epidemiology; Food policy; Obesity prevention; Cardio-metabolic diseaseChina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Brazil
June StevensNutritionEpidemiology: Obesity; Nutrition; Physical Activity; Heart Disease; CancerChina, United Kingdom
Mirek StybloNutritionBiochemistry and Toxicology: Disease associated with environmental exposures (Cancer; Metabolic disease, Diabetes); Public Health Studies (Design, Conduct and Analysis)Czech Republic, Mexico
Amanda ThompsonNutritionInfant and young child feeding; Social and environmental predictors of health; Growth and development; MicrobiomeEcuador, China
Heather WasserNutritionDeterminants of adherence to optimal feeding recommendations for children birth to two years; Behavioral interventions to promote optimal growth and development of infants and toddlersUnited States, Senegal, Indonesia, Honduras
Steven ZeiselNutritionCholine and brain development; Choline and cancer; Dietary requirements for choline; Choline and fetal alcohol spectrum disordersSouth Africa, The Gambia
Karine DubePublic Health Leadership ProgramInfectious diseases (HIV, Ebola, Zika); Clinical Research; Epidemiology; Capacity Building; Implementation Science; Global Health EthicsLiberia, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Benin, Burkina Faso, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Switzerland
Rohit RamaswamyPublic Health Leadership ProgramImplementation Science; Quality Improvement; Mental Health; Evaluation; Improving Maternal and Neonatal OutcomesGhana, Kenya, Zambia
Benjamin MeierPublic PolicyHuman Rights in Health Policy; the Right to Health, and Global Health GovernanceInternational Institutions

Many of our global leaders also work in global centers and institutes around UNC-Chapel Hill. Below are several:

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Solving problems. Finding answers. These are the essence of leadership at the Gillings School.