Our Department of Biostatistics is recognized as a worldwide leader in research and practice. Members of our faculty are interested both in development of statistical methodology and application of statistics in applied research.

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Accurate interpretation and use of data is crucial to understanding public health needs and devising comprehensive, evidence-based solutions.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Our Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering focuses on the interface between people and the environment. Uniquely located in a school of public health, our interdisciplinary programs in air quality and atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources draw from faculty expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering and policy.

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The environments in which we live, work and play invariably affect public health. In fact, environmental exposures – most of which can be prevented – account for nearly one quarter of all diseases worldwide.


Our Department of Epidemiology conducts innovative, interdisciplinary research and provides classroom and real-world education that emphasizes the integration of substantive area knowledge with cutting-edge epidemiologic methods. We also work with students to apply their research to a variety of health problems across North Carolina and around the world.

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Epidemiology — the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other risk factors in a population — is the cornerstone of public health inquiry and problem solving.

Health Behavior

Our Department of Health Behavior is the home for Master of Public Health concentrations in global health and health behavior, as well as a dual master's degree and a doctoral degree. Our students develop the skills they need to be community change agents for issues that undermine public health both locally and globally, including: violence, obesity, cancer, HIV, health policy and health disparities.

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Health behaviorists use social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote health and foster social justice.

Health Policy and Management

Our Department of Health Policy and Management trains the next generation of leaders in management, policy making and research to address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge research. We prepare our students to improve population health both domestically and globally. We are committed to ensuring that all people — irrespective of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, geographic origin, religion or economic resources — have access to high-quality health care services.

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Health policy experts address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge analyses that impact policy at all levels, improving population health.

Maternal and Child Health

Our Department of Maternal and Child Health is one of the world’s leading academic departments for research, teaching and practice. We are dedicated to improving the health of women, children and families — domestically and globally. Our teaching program provides students with broad exposure to maternal and child health population needs and priorities, as well as with the skills to become leaders of tomorrow.

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Maternal and child health focuses on the determinants and systems that promote and maintain the health of women, children and their families to enhance the future health and welfare of society.


Our Department of Nutrition is a global leader in research, training and public policy. As the only nutrition department in the United States located in both a school of public health and a school of medicine, we engage in innovative academic, clinical and community work to better understand the connections between health and disease and to identify programmatic and policy strategies to improve life both in North Carolina and around the world.

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This dynamic field encompasses nutrition science as well as behavior change, communication, counseling and the effects of dietary culture on individuals and within communities.

Public Health Leadership

Our Public Health Leadership Program provides public health professionals with leadership education to meet the challenges inherent in assuring and improving population health. It is home to Master of Public Health concentrations in Leadership in Practice (residential and online), Place-Based Health (in Asheville)​, and Population Health for Clinicians (residential). We also offer several graduate-level certificates online.

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Applying system thinking and leadership principles in a public health context — with teams, projects, organizations and systems — can eliminate inequities, improve health conditions and foster change in local and global communities.