HPM doctoral student selected to serve on American Journal of Public Health’s editorial board

November 04, 2011


Dio Kavalieratos

Dio Kavalieratos

Dio Kavalieratos, doctoral candidate in health policy and management (HPM) at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been selected to serve as the student member on the American Journal of Public Health’s (AJPH) editorial board. Kavalieratos’ yearlong term officially began on Nov. 2 after the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) annual meeting.

As the student member on the board, Kavalieratos will develop and enact initiatives to promote student interaction with the journal. He was selected for this position from a national call for applications reviewed by the APHA executive board. Members were chosen based on a broad knowledge of public health.
“Dio is one of the very best teaching assistants I have ever worked with. He considers situations in a very deliberate, organized and reflective manner,” said John Paul, PhD, clinical associate professor of health policy and management. “This approach makes him ideal for the editorial board of a major journal. Dio’s broad perspective and kind and sensitive nature also make him ideal to work with.”AJPH editorial board members provide recommendations to the editor-in-chief and executive editor and have four broad areas of responsibility. They are selected to oversee the journal and its editorial functions, define the long-term vision, strategic plan and annual priorities for the journal, establish policies and procedures for the editorial board and the journal, and ensure the quality and integrity of the publication.

“My involvement with the editorial board will expose me to the structure and processes of a top-tier journal, an invaluable experience given that I hope to soon embark on an academic career as a health services researcher,” said Kavalieratos, who is particularly interested in the quality of and access to health care services.

AJPH is the leading public health journal in the country, and perhaps the world,” said Morris Weinberger, PhD, Vergil N. Slee Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Quality Management in the Department of Health Policy and Management. “Dio’s being appointed as the student member of the editorial board will provide him with substantive and policy experience in public health. This is a tremendous honor for him, and I am confident that he will bring great honor to UNC.”

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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or ramona_dubose@unc.edu.