Advancing interdisciplinary collaboration

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health values and participates in interdisciplinary research, education and service through the activities of many centers, institutes, programs and specialized facilities, within our School, at UNC-Chapel Hill and around the world. Some of our faculty and researchers play strong leadership role in UNC centers, institutes, programs and facilities, such as the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Center and the Injury Prevention Center.

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health is the School’s service and outreach arm. With a mission to “bridge knowledge and expertise at UNC Gillings by facilitating collaborative solutions to population health challenges in North Carolina and beyond,” NCIPH supports local public health agencies, health care and community organizations across the state, region and country.

Meet our team.

Other centers, programs and specialized facilities that are housed within, sponsored by or otherwise affiliated within our School include:


BME Computational Laboratory (BMElab)
The BMElab is a research group at UNC dedicated to the numerical development of the Bayesian Maximum Entropy Method of modern Geostatistics, and its application to exposure, disease and risk mapping.

Director: Marc Serre, PhD, marc_serre@unc.edu


Biospecimen Processing Facility
The UNC Biospecimen Processing Facility is a centralized, quality-controlled and quality-assured facility for the processing, storage and disbursement of human specimens. The facility has 1070 square ft of laboratory space geared for high throughput processing of human biospecimens, with specific emphasis on DNA extraction.

Laboratory director: Patricia V. Basta, PhD, patricia_basta@unc.edu


The Carolina Center for Total Worker Health® and Well-Being
The Carolina Center for Total Worker Health® and Well-Being is one of 10 Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health (TWH) funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our goal is to generate new knowledge and to improve worker health, safety and well-being in North Carolina, the southeast region, and the nation.

Director: Laura Linnan, ScD, linnan@email.unc.edu | Associate Director: Maija Leff, MPH, Maija_leff@med.unc.edu


Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH)
The CCRWH is an initiative that brings together interdisciplinary groups interested in building research collaborations to address issues that intersect work, health and family life.

Director: Laura Linnan, ScD, linnan@email.unc.edu


Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)
CGBI seeks to promote increased quality of care and create an optimal breastfeeding norm through research, service and training.

Contact information


Carolina Survey Research Laboratory (CSRL)
The CSRL strives to support and improve the quality of population-based research.

Co-director: Robert Agans, PhD, agans@unc.edu


Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS)
CEHS translates interdisciplinary research on environmental health threats to improve public health in North Carolina.

Director: Melissa Troester, PhD, troester@email.unc.edu


Innovative Clinical Trials Laboratory
The Innovative Clinical Trials Laboratory conducts methodological, applied and interdisciplinary research on the design and analysis of clinical trials.

Director: Joseph G. Ibrahim, PhD, jibrahim@email.unc.edu


Center for Pharmacoepidemiology
The Center for Pharmacoepidemiology provides a unique forum to generate innovative, evidence-based solutions to challenges related to comparative effectiveness research and evaluation of the safety of drugs and devices in real-world clinical settings.

Director: Michele Jonsson Funk, PhD, FISPE, mfunk@unc.edu


Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center (CSCC)
The CSCC serves as a coordinating center for multi-site public health and medical studies, and provides statistical, data management, study management and quality assurance services.

Director: Kevin Anstrom, PhD, Kevin.Anstrom@unc.edu


Counter Tobacco
CounterTobacco.Org is the first comprehensive resource for local, state, and federal organizations working to counteract tobacco product sales and marketing at the point of sale.

Co-founders: Kurt Ribisl, PhD, kurt_ribisl@unc.edu | Allison Myers, MPH


Minority Health Project
The Minority Health Project works to expand awareness and knowledge about health equity concerns, deepen understanding of methodological, theoretical, and practical issues in health disparities research and interventions, and strengthen linkages across diversity activities to increase their effectiveness and success.


North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC)
Through academic programs and continuing education, the NC OSHERC provides quality educational opportunities for those with the responsibility of ensuring safety and health in the workplace.

Director: Leena Nylander-French, PhD, CIH (leena_french@unc.edu) | Deputy Director: David Richardson, PhD (david.richardson@unc.edu) | Director of Outreach and Continuing Education: John A. Staley, PhD, MSEH (johnstaley@unc.edu)


UNC Nutrition Obesity Research Center (UNC NORC)
The UNC NORC is one of 12 centers in the country funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases that is specifically designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, and multidisciplinary nature of nutrition and obesity-related research.

Co-director: Steven H. Zeisel, MD, PhD (steven_zeisel@unc.edu) | Co-director: Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD (beth_mayer-davis@unc.edu) | Managing director: Michelle Collins, MPA (norc@unc.edu)


NORC Diet and Physical Activity Core
The Nutrition Obesity Research Center’s Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Core and UNC Healthcare’s Nutrition Research Kitchen & Metabolic Support Service have come together to streamline our services for convenience, and to illustrate how our services can complement your research for a successful outcome.

Core director: Michelle A. Mendez, PhD (mmendez@email.unc.edu) | Core co-director: Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD (beth_mayer-davis@unc.edu) | Core Manager: Joy Cox (coxcj@email.unc.edu)


UNC Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP)
BCERP works to understand how environmental influences like obesity affect the susceptibility to basal-like breast cancer and to inform premenopausal African-American women of that risk.

Principal Investigator: Melissa Troester, PhD, troester@email.unc.edu


UNC-Superfund Research Program (SRP)
The UNC-Superfund Research Program (SRP) seeks to develop new solutions for reducing exposure to inorganic arsenic and prevent arsenic-induced diabetes through mechanistic and translational research.

Director: Rebecca Fry, PhD, rfry@email.unc.edu


The Water Institute at UNC
The Water Institute contributes to improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all.

Director: Aaron Salzberg, PhD, salzbergaa@unc.edu