Message from Dr. Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, Chair of the Department of Nutrition
Nutrition is a pivotal factor in changing the trajectory of public health around the globe. Critical public health issues – ranging from food insecurity and obesity to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer – are touched by nutrition research and practice. With the COVID-19 pandemic’s disproportionate effects on people and communities of color, the role of nutrition to address health inequity and improve public health is more important now than ever. Evaluating health risks for populations and developing strategies to reduce these risks through nutrition requires innovative, interdisciplinary research that spans the continuum from basic science to social science research, clinical interventions and public policy.
As the only school of nutrition situated in both a school of public health and a school of medicine, our faculty members are global leaders in a wide range of areas, including scientific and clinical nutrition, medicine, laboratory and population-based research and public policy. As a result, our students acquire unique experiences and insights on the connections among the disciplines that better prepare them to become the next generation of leaders in their fields. Our areas of focus are balanced by a commitment to research and training that improves the health of people of color and that of underserved populations. We are committed to researching and delivering improved nutritional health to populations both in North Carolina and around the world.
If you are contemplating a career that focuses on nutrition, health and well-being, we hope you will consider the Gillings School of Public Health and the Department of Nutrition.
With Warmest Regards,
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD, is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.