Selected department and center-based global health research, teaching and practice
Environmental lab in Cambodia
Because global health is integrated into each department, center and institute, at the
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, this page highlights some of the
department and center-based global health activities taking place across the
School. For more information on each department or center, please visit the department websites
and the center websites
. You can also find out where public health faculty are working with the global research map
GPS units used for Dr. Bilsborrow's work in Ecuador
Faculty in the Department of Biostatistics
are involved in numerous global health research projects
across the School and University. These faculty members provide
important statistical expertise to many projects in a variety of
departments. Ongoing environmental research in Ecuador
is headed by Richard Bilsborrow
, research professor in Biostatistics. Shrikant Bangdiwala
research professor in Biostatistics, conducts injury prevention
research in India and conducts training for graduate students in Brazil
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Professor Emeritus Dan Okun and grandson Will Okun
The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering
is world renown for their work in water and sanitation. The Drinking
Water Research Center calls on the world-class multidisciplinary
drinking water professionals at UNC and their collaborators and
colleagues to provide the expertise needed to address the drinking
water research issues of the new century.
The UNC Institute for the Environment tracks faculty environmental research by country. You can see where our faculty are working around
the world. Stephen Walsh, a member of CEP and faculty member in the Department of Geography explores the interaction of population and environment in Thailand and Ecuador.
A new project with the United Arab Emirates will provide a
comprehensive look at the environmental risk factors in that country.
Dr. Rich Kamens leads an undergraduate study abroad program in Thailand. The Thailand Field Site itself is hosted by King Mongku's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT).
The Infectious Disease researchers in the Department of Epidemiology
are a strong, collaborative presence in the School of Public Health.
Their work in HIV and STDs, malaria, TB, bioethics, SARS, leishmaniasis
and African trypanosomiasis is important in advancing our knowledge of
the impact of infectious diseases around the world. These faculty work
in Malawi, Congo, Madagascar, South Africa, and Puerto Rico, among
TB patient in the DR Congo
HBHE student in Malawi
Suzanne Maman, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior
conducts research on domestic violence and HIV in Tanzania. Her work
along with that of Geni Eng, Allan Steckler and Lynn Blanchard, adds to
the important global research and teaching in the School of Public
Dr. Clare Barrington, assistant professor, conducts research on STIs and infectious diseases in the DR. One recent publication highlights her work: Barrington C, Latkin C, Sweat M, Moreno L, Ellen J, Kerrigan D. (2009). Talking
the talk, walking the walk: Social network norms, communication
patterns, and condom use among the male partners of female sex workers
in La Romana, Dominican Republic
. Social Science and Medicine: vol.68(11), p.2037-2044.
Health Policy and Management
Andrea Biddle's class at the University of Malawi College of Medicine.
A master's degree with a concentration in international health and population
is available through the Department of Health Policy and Management
. This concentration requiring a minimum of two graduate courses
in international health and/or population studies, is designed for MPH,
MSPH or MHA degree students interested in gaining some depth in these
Deborah Bender, HPM faculty member, taught in Cape Town, South Africa during fall 2007 for the UNC Undergraduate Honors Study Abroad Program. Read the blog she and her students wrote.
World Health & Population
is an on-line, peer review, interdisciplinary journal, sponsored by
HPM. It is devoted to policy and management issues in health and
population fields in developing countries.
HPM has a long history of involvement in global health research
teaching, and service activities, with current faculty concentrations
in Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America.
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Maternal and Child Health
The Center for Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care, based in the Department of Maternal and Child Health
promotes attention to the mother/child dyad for addressing health and
survival, growth and development. The Center is directed by Miriam
Labbock, a new faculty member who joined the department from UNICEF.
The Department was designated a WHO Collaborating Center in October 2008.
Boys in India
is directed by Sian Curtis a faculty member in the Department of
Maternal and Child Health.
Since 1997, MEASURE Evaluation has worked around the world to
strengthen the capacity of host-country programs to collect and use
population and health data. As a key component of the United States
Agency for International Development's (USAID) Monitoring and
Evaluation to Assess and Use Results (MEASURE) framework, they promote
a continuous cycle of data demand, collection, analysis and utilization
to improve population and health conditions. Other faculty involved
with Measure include, Gustavo Angeles, Ilene Speizer, and Sharon Weir
Roy Jacobstein, Adjunct Professor in MCH
, is also the Clinical Director of the ACQUIRE Project at EngenderHealth
. He writes poetry and the poem below was included in his latest book Fuchsia in
, published in April 2008 by Northwestern
University Press/TriQuarterly Books (www.royjacobstein.com
). Read his poem "The Taj"
Fast food in China
The Department of Nutrition has a number of faculty members working in international nutrition issues, including infant feeding and infant care, obesity, beverage intake, HIV prevention, and the Nutrition Transition, among other topics. Research is currently underway in the Philippines, Russia, China, Peru, India, Brazil, Malawi and South Africa.
Public Health Leadership Program
Students evacuated from Tulane following Hurrican Katrina
The Public Health Leadership Program
offers distance education graduate degrees and certificates. In
partnership with the Office of Global Health, they are assisting in the
development of an online Global Health Certificate
, with a planned launch in fall 2010. A recent MPH graduate from Ghana received the Arnold D. Kaluzny,
PhD Distinguished Alumni Award.
North Carolina Institute for Public Health
The North Carolina Institute for Public Health
Jen Horney, NCCPHP Assistant Director, visits a rubber plantation in Trat Province, Thailand with local public health staff.
, the practice arm of the School of Public Health, houses the NC Center
for Public Health Preparedness
. The preparedness center has been
working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's
Coordinating Office of Global Health and the Influenza Branch to
develop an online course for training international health staff in
seasonal, pandemic and avian influenza. The course, which includes 12
modules and 2 interactive case studies, will be available online and
via CD ROM.
Concurrent with the annual international TEPHINET (Training Programs
in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions NETwork) conference,
held Nov 1-6, 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9 public health and
laboratory staff from Kenya, Pakistan and Morocco participated in a
pilot of 3 of the course modules and 1 of the course case studies.
They provided feedback that will be incorporated into the curriculum
prior to a larger pilot (probably in S. Africa or Kenya) that will be
planned for Spring 2009.
Dr. Amy Nelson represented the Institute at this conference.
The preparedness center has previously introduced influenza
preparedness curriculum in Thailand.
They tell you it's a Wonder, a memorial
to love (Shah Jahan for Mumtaz, his wife,
and perhaps, by extension, of all men
for their wives, and vice versa, why not,
even for the very concept of Love,
and not only the Earthly),
that words can never do it justice
nor the glossy photos in the coffee table books;
plus there's the poignant fact
Jahan was imprisoned across the river
by his son, Aurangzeb, just before
the dome was finally joined, and thus condemned
to view the finished edifice he'd never entered
every day those last few years of his long life.
So you show up at 6
the burgeoning horde of vendors,
already your sweat-soaked shirt's
glommed to your back, and lo!: shimmering
at a distance, immaculate
white marble and twinned waterborne white reflection
filling the archway with that roseate glow,
taking everyone's breath and yours
as it was meant to do. But they don't tell you
Mumtaz had fourteen children and died in childbirth
at 38, and Jahan had many other wives
who comforted him
and bore him many children
while he held dominion two more decades
before Aurangzeb began to reign.