Academic Programs Committee (APC)
The Academic Programs Committee (APC) has school-wide responsibility for academic standards and policies and acts as a liaison between the Gillings School, the UNC Graduate School and the UNC Office of Undergraduate Curricula. The Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs chairs the committee, and representatives from each department are selected by the chair of that department in consultation with the Senior Associate Dean. Additionally, staff members from Academic and Student Affairs serve on the committee. Learn more about the Charge and Responsibilities of APC (PDF), and view Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to see which curriculum changes (i.e., courses, programs) need to come to APC.
2019-2020 academic year representatives
Allison, Aiello, PhD*
Professor and Social Epidemiology Program Leader
Department of Epidemiology
Greg Bocchino, EdD*
Director of Student Services
Office of Student Affairs
Kyle Burger, PhD*
Department of Nutrition
Lori Evarts, MPH*
Director of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor
Public Health Leadership Program
Aleta Gaertner, MPH*
Coordinator for Curriculum Assessment, Accreditation and Pedagogy
Avram Gold, PhD*
Associate Chair for Academics and Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Jon Hussey, PhD
Director of Graduate Studies, Doctoral Program Director and Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
Laura Linnan, ScD (Chair)*
Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor, Health Behavior
Suzanne Maman, PhD*
Professor, Health Behavior
Vice Chair, Academic Affairs
Jane Monaco, DrPH*
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Biostatistics
Melanie Studer, MHSA, PhD*
Assistant Professor and BSPH Program Director, Health Policy and Management
Current efforts to innovate teaching
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.
Talking Points from Recent Meetings
- If students have questions about fall semester, refer them to their Academic Coordinators.
- Contact Danny Collins and copy Greg Bocchino with any last-minute class assignments and course scheduling questions.
- Contact Greg Bocchinoand Naya Villarreal with questions about/from international students.
- Faculty instructors are encouraged to make their syllabi available before the start of the academic term.
- Note three courses with COVID-19 content:
- SPHG 690, 1-credit COVID-19 course for grad students (coming September/October 2020)
- SPHG 101 will include COVID-19 content for undergrads(existing course)
- Teaching resources: https://keepteaching.unc.edu/preparation/
- MPH Comp Exam info and FAQ’s: https://sph.unc.edu/resource-pages/master-of-public-health/mph-comprehensive-exam/.
Checklist, Forms and Guidance
- Checklist of Required Notifications and Approvals for Graduate and Undergraduate Curriculum Changes (PDF)
- UNC Graduate School Curriculum Changes Guidelines and Resources
- Office of Undergraduate Curricula Curriculum Change Guidelines and Resources