The Academic Programs Committee (APC) has schoolwide responsibility for academic standards and policies and acts as a liaison between the Gillings School, the UNC Graduate School and the Office of Undergraduate Curricula. The Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs is the chair of the committee, and representatives from each department are selected by the chair of that department in consultation with the Associate Dean. Two student representatives are selected from the student organizations in the School. View the detailed Charge and Responsibilities of the Academic Programs Committee (updated 7/16).

2019-2020 academic year representatives

Dr. Allison Aiello

Dr. Allison Aiello

Allison, Aiello, PhD
Professor and Social Epidemiology Program Leader
Department of Epidemiology


Greg Bocchino

Dr. Greg Bocchino

Greg Bocchino, EdD
Director of Student Services
Office of Student Affairs


Dr. Kyle Burger

Dr. Kyle Burger

Kyle Burger, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition


Lori Evarts

Lori Evarts, MPH
Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program


Aleta Gaertner

Aleta Gaertner

Aleta Gaertner, MPH
Coordinator for Curriculum Assessment, Accreditation and Pedagogy
Academic Affairs


Dr. Avram Gold

Dr. Avram Gold

Avram Gold, PhD
Associate Chair for Academics and Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering


Jon Hussey

Dr. Jon Hussey

Jon Hussey, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies, Doctoral Program Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health


Laura Linnan

Dr. Laura Linnan

Laura Linnan, ScD (Chair)
Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor, Health Behavior
Academic Affairs


Dr. Paula Song

Dr. Paula Song

Paula Song, PhD
Director, Residential Master’s Program and Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Melanie Studer, MHSA
Doctoral Student, Health Policy and Management, and Teaching Fellow, Academic Affairs

Current efforts to innovate teaching

Students study at one of the many collaborative spaces in the Gillings School.

Students study at one of the many collaborative spaces in the Gillings School.

As part of the Gillings School’s Strategic Plan, SPH2020 (adopted in 2011), leaders across the School identified “twenty-first century teaching and classrooms” as one of four top priorities for investment. Activities under this action plan include (a) enhancing teaching and learning applications: (b) identifying, encouraging and rewarding high-quality teaching; and (c) redesigning the spaces where we teach and learn. This focus has resulted in many redesigned courses; new professional development opportunities and teaching awards; and two (soon to be three) new classrooms, plus multiple collaboratories.

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