Nutrition, Behavior, and the Environment

For Gillings researchers, health is an inexorably linked system requiring single and multi-level approaches to promote “one health”, featuring the interconnectedness of the health of people, animals, and the environment. Our efforts are focused on achieving optimal nutrition, behaviors, lifestyles, and environments for people around the globe.

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Highlighted Leaders in the Field

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Linda Adair, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Seema Agrawal, EdDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Alice Ammerman, DrPHMildred Kaufman Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Gustavo Angeles, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Maternal and Child Health
Louise Margaret Ball, PhDProfessor, Co-Director of Undergraduate StudiesDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Melinda Beck, PhDProfessor, Associate Chair for Academics and Interim ChairDepartment of Nutrition
Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, MA, PhDDistinguished Professor EmeritaDepartment of Nutrition
Wanda Bodnar, PhDAssistant Professor
Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAEDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Kyle S. Burger, PhD, MPH, RDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Ximena M. Bustamante-Marin, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Jianwen Cai, PhDCary C. Boshamer Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Biostatistics
Ian Carroll, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Gregory Characklis, PhDW. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Orlando Coronell, PhDAssociate Professor and Associate Chair for AcademicsDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
David Couper, PhDProfessorDepartment of Biostatistics
Julie L. Daniels, PhDProfessorDepartments of Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health
Molly De Marco, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Robert DeVellis, PhDProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Health Behavior
Radhika Dhingra, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Shufa Du, MD, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Michael B. Fisher, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Vangie Foshee, PhDAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Health Behavior
Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH, FAHAProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
John E. French, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Leah Frerichs, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Health Policy and Management
Rebecca Fry, PhDCarol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor in Children’s Environmental Health and Associate Chair for Strategic InitiativesDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Avram Gold, PhDProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Penny Gordon-Larsen, PhDCarla Smith Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Global Nutrition and Interim Vice Chancellor for ResearchDepartment of Nutrition
Misa Graff, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Anthony Hackney, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Carolyn T. Halpern, PhDProfessor and ChairDepartment of Maternal and Child Health
Gerardo Heiss, PhDW.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Jim Herrington, PhDAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Health Behavior
Amanda S. Holliday, MS, RD, LDNAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Annie Green Howard, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Biostatistics
Stephen D. Hursting, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Folami Ideraabdullah, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Anastasia Ivanova, PhDProfessorDepartment of Biostatistics
Noah Kittner, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Martin Kohlmeier, MDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Natalia I. Krupenko, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Sergey A. Krupenko, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Meg Landfried, MPHAssistant Professor and MPH Practicum DirectorDepartment of Health Behavior
Kun Lu, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Leslie A. Lytle, PhDAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Health Behavior
Nobuyo Maeda, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Stephanie L. Martin, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Chantel Martin, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Philip A. May, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhDCary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Nutrition and MedicineDepartment of Nutrition
Steven Meshnick, MD, PhDProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Katie Meyer, ScDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Sandra Mooney, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Shu Wen Ng, PhDDistinguished Scholar In Public Health Nutrition and Associate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Kari North, PhDProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Leena Nylander-French, PhD, CIHProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Andrew Olshan, PhDBarbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer EpidemiologyDepartment of Epidemiology
Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, MA, IBCLCAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Maternal and Child Health
David Peden, MD, MSAdjunct ProfessorDepartments of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Epidemiology
Barry M. Popkin, PhDW. R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Bahjat Qaqish, PhDProfessorDepartment of Biostatistics
Julia Rager, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Dana Rice, DrPHAssistant ProfessorPublic Health Leadership Program
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, MPHDean Emerita and Alumni Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Health Behavior
Whitney R. Robinson, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Carmen Samuel-Hodge, RD, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Marc Serre, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Saame "Raz" Shaikh, PhDAssociate Professor and Associate Chair for ResearchDepartment of Nutrition
Timothy Sheahan, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Paschal Sheeran, PhDAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Health Behavior
Amy Sims, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Epidemiology
Lindsey Smith Taillie, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Susan M. Smith, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Mark D. Sobsey, PhDProfessor (Retired, Part-Time)Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Daniela Sotres-Alvarez, DrPHAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Biostatistics
June Stevens, PhDDistinguished ProfessorDepartments of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Jill Stewart, PhDPhilip C. Singer Distinguished ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Delisha Stewart, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Mirek Styblo, PhDProfessorDepartments of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Nutrition
Susan Sumner, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Jason D. Surratt, PhDProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Sean Y. Sylvia, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Health Policy and Management
Amanda Thompson, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Barbara J. Turpin, PhDProfessor and ChairDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Carmina G. Valle, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Anthony J. Viera, MD, MPHAdjunct ProfessorDepartments of and Epidemiology, and Public Health Leadership Program
William Vizuete, PhDProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Saroja Voruganti, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Dianne Stanton Ward, EdD, FTOS, FACSMProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Heather Wasser, PhDAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Paul Watkins, MDProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Howard Weinberg, PhDProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Jason West, PhDProfessor, Director of Graduate Studies Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Dale Whittington, PhDProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Courtney G. Woods, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Steven Zeisel, MD, PhDProfessorDepartment of Nutrition
Zhenfa Zhang, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Haibo Zhou, PhDProfessorDepartment of Biostatistics
Bharathi Jayanthi Zvara, PhDAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Maternal and Child Health

Highlighted Courses Related to Nutrition, Behavior, and the Environment

  • NUTR 175 – Introduction to Food Studies: From Science to Society
  • NUTR 245 – Sustainable Local Food Systems: Intersection of Local Foods and Public Health
  • NUTR 611 – Nutrition across the Life Cycle
  • EPID 785 – Environmental Epidemiology
  • EPID 786 – Community-Driven Epidemiology and Environmental Justice
  • EPID 813 – Nutritional Epidemiology
  • EPID 815 – Diet and Cancer
  • EPID 818 – Analytical Methods in Nutritional Epidemiology
  • EPID 825 – Social Determinants of Health: Theory, Method, and Intervention
  • EPID 826 – Social Epidemiology: Concepts and Measures

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  • HBEH 396 – Independent Study in Health Behavior: “varies”
  • HBEH 561 – Medical and Science Video Storytelling
  • HBEH 610 – Alternative Spring Break
  • HBEH 726 – Adolescent Health
  • HBEH 730 – Theoretical Foundations of Behavior and Social Science
  • HBEH 756 – Social and Peer Support in Health: An Ecological and Global Perspective
  • HBEH 815 – Foundations of Health Behavior I
  • HBEH 816 – Foundations of Health Behavior II
  • HPM 550 – Environmental and Science Journalism
  • HPM 551 – Environmental and Science Video Storytelling
  • HPM 552 – Environmental and Science Documentary Television
  • NUTR 240 – Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • NUTR 295 – Undergraduate Research Experience in Nutrition
  • NUTR 400 – Introduction to Nutritional Biochemistry
  • NUTR 600 – Human Metabolism: Macronutrients
  • NUTR 620 – Human Metabolism: Micronutrients
  • PUBH 785 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health
  • PHNU 785 – Interdisciplinary Approaches to Occupational Health