Centers, Institutes and Affiliates
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org | 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, email@example.com
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)
CGBI seeks to promote increased quality of care and create an optimal breastfeeding norm through research, service and training.
Carolina Survey Research Laboratory (CSRL)
The CSRL strives to support and improve the quality of population-based research.
Co-director: Robert Agans, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is dedicated to reducing health disparities through community-based research and initiatives. Created in 1985 by the deans of the health affairs schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, we are part of a network of CDC Prevention Research Centers.
Director: Alice Ammerman, DrPH, MPH, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems (CoFiRES)
The UNC Center on Financial Risk in Environmental Systems (CoFiRES) is jointly housed in the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and UNC’s Institute for the Environment. We focus on understanding the links between financial losses and drought, hurricanes and other extreme environmental events. By developing integrated models of natural, engineered, economic and financial systems, we provide better estimates of the likelihood and severity of environmentally-related financial risks.
Director: Gregory Characklis, PhD firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, email@example.com | Allison Myers, MPH
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute For Environmental Health Solutions (IEHS)
The Institute for Environmental Health Solutions (IEHS) is aimed at protecting those who are particularly vulnerable to diseases caused by environmental factors, putting solutions directly into the hands of individuals and communities of North Carolina and beyond.
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Director: Rebecca Fry, PhD, email@example.com
Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases
The Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the largest global health programs in the United States. Working in more than 50 countries around the globe, the Institute has made breakthrough discoveries — including the prevention of HIV transmission — while saving lives and offering critical training to thousands of health professionals in the U.S. and in resource-limited communities around the world.
Director: Myron Cohen, MD
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Deputy Director: David Richardson, PhD (email@example.com) | Director of Outreach and Continuing Education: John A. Staley, PhD, MSEH (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com) | Co-director: Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Managing director: Michelle Collins, MPA (email@example.com)
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Core co-director: Elizabeth Mayer-Davis, PhD (email@example.com) | Core Manager: Joy Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Water Institute at UNC
The Water Institute contributes to improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for all.
Director: Aaron Salzberg, PhD, email@example.com