Laura Linnan

Dr. Laura Linnan

Laura Linnan, ScD
Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
linnan@email.unc.edu

  • Provides strategic visioning and leadership for academic planning and oversight of Students Affairs efforts
  • Oversees and implements activities related to the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure process
  • Ensures high-quality and integrity of School’s curriculum
  • Represents Gillings School of Global Public Health on academic matters university-wide
  • Ensures the School meets criteria for CEPH and SACs accreditations
  • Chairs the Academic Programs Committee (APC) and the MPH Steering Committee.
  • Ex Officio member of the Appointments, Promotions and Tenure (APT) Committee

Dr. Dana Rice

Dr. Dana Rice

Dana Rice, DrPH
Assistant Dean for Master’s Degree Programs, Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program


Dr. Melanie Studer

Dr. Melanie Studer

Melanie Studer, PhD
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and
Assistant Professor and BSPH Program Director, Health Policy and Management


Aleta Evans Gaertner

Aleta Evans Gaertner

Aleta Evans Gaertner, MPH
Director of Curriculum Assessment, Accreditation and Pedagogy
aleta@email.unc.edu

  • Provides technical assistance for curriculum development, program coordination and evaluation for accreditation compliance.
  • Directs submission of compliance reports to the school’s accreditor, the Council on Education for Public Health.
  • Co-leads the schoolwide Evaluation Plan and co-chairs the Evaluation Committee.
  • Manages the Academic Programs Committee.
  • Provides faculty development resources, consultations and workshops on best practices in competency-based instruction.

Karla Townley-Tilson

Karla Townley-Tilson

Karla Townley-Tilson, MBA
Associate Director for Residential MPH
kttilson@unc.edu

  • Leads program and operations for the residential MPH program and COMPASS (Core Online Modules to Promote and Accelerate Student Success)
  • Manages dual degree partnerships for the master’s of public health program
  • Chairs the Culminating Experience/ Integrated Learning Experience (ILE) Subcommittee

Catherine Gihlstorf, MEd
Associate Director for MPH@UNC
catherine_gihlstorf@unc.edu

  • Leads program and operations for the online MPH@UNC program
  • Liaises with technology delivery partner for MPH@UNC
  • Coordinates program excellence with admissions, advising, student support and marketing

Meg Landfried

Meg Landfried

Meg Landfried, MPH
MPH Practicum Director, Academic Affairs and Assistant Professor, Health Behavior


Julea Steiner

Julea Steiner

Julea Steiner, MPH
Associate Director, MPH Practicum and Assistant Professor, Academic Affairs


Pamela Lee

Pamela Lee

Pamela Lee, MA
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
pjlee@email.unc.edu

  • Manages and coordinates large scale, data-driven higher education projects and strategic initiatives at the School
  • Edits Academic Affairs e-newsletter and 5 MPH Quick Facts; manage Academic Affairs website and other communication deliverables
  • Coordinates meetings for schoolwide committees – Chairs’ Committee, MPH Steering Committee, and Academic Programs Committee

Kerstin Sorensen

Dr. Kerstin Sorensen

Kerstin Sorensen, PhD
Adjunct Faculty Coordinator for MPH@UNC
sorensen@email.unc.edu

  • Manages recruitment, onboarding and retention of adjunct faculty to teach with MPH@UNC
  • Provides oversight, support, and feedback to ensure quality of adjunct faculty performance and serves as a resource to MPH@UNC teaching teams
  • Manages process improvements/strategic tasks to support onboarding, develop quality control strategy, and create professional development opportunities.

Vacant
MPH@UNC Immersions Coordinator


Cassie Nakamoto

Cassie Nakamoto

Cassie Nakamoto, MPH
MPH Academic Support Coordinator
cnaka@email.unc.edu

  • Assists with operations for residential MPH and COMPASS (Core Online Modules to Promote and Accelerate Student Success)
  • Lead for student communication pertaining to all Gillings MPH students both residentially and online
  • Assists with processing concentration changes, student deferrals and the biannual hiring process for Teaching Assistants and Senior Fellowship

Yasemin Garber

Yasemin Garber

Yasemin Garber
Executive Assistant to Senior Associate Dean
ygarb@email.unc.edu

  • Provides email, calendar, meeting and administrative support for the Senior Associate Dean
  • Coordinates and supports activities related to schoolwide events and Academic Affairs committees