MPH Student Samara Gibson Highlighted for work at Jamil Niner student pantry


Samara Gibson is pursuing a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in physical activity and nutrition. As a graduate assistant for the Jamil Niner Student Pantry, she has found a meaningful way to contribute to the well-being of her fellow students. Join Gibson in supporting the pantry as part of the University’s #GivingTuesday initiative.   Read […]

PHS PhD Alumna Jessica Hoyle Featured in play “Oxytocin”, raising awareness for The deaf community

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Derek Long LLC in association with NCSD presents “All the Oxytocin in Your Fingertips,” an immersive experience for Deaf and Non-Deaf alike. All proceeds will benefit Alder Springs Deaf & Blind Community. About the play: A Deaf of Hearing individual, raised in a caustic 1990s household where sign language is forbidden, secretly navigates three different […]

PHS’ Dr. Lorenzo Hopper shares his journey as part of First-Generation Celebration Week


First-generation Niners make up a large percentage of UNC Charlotte’s population. During First-Generation Celebration Week, Dr. Lorenzo Hopper, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences and faculty advisor to the First Gen Niners student organization shares his journey. Click here to read the whole story.

Dr. Zarwell speaks to QCity Metro about a multi-campus HIV testing event


Dr. Meagan Zarwell, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences, spoke with QCity Metro about the HIV and syphilis epidemics and the campus HIV testing events being held throughout Charlotte in October.  The events are organized under the aegis of The Academy for Population Health Innovation, the Department of Public Health Sciences and Mecklenburg County Public Health in partnership with JC Smith University, Queen’s University, […]



On Friday, September 22, 2023, PHS Senior Lecturer Deborah Beete, MPH, MDiv, won the 2023 UNC Charlotte Award for Teaching Excellence. A former public health practitioner, Miss Beete uses her knowledge and experience to foster and encourage the next generations of academics and practitioners by meeting students where they are and pushing them to exceed their […]

Professor Emerita Dr. Sharon Portwood publishes Handbook of Adverse Childhood Experiences


Dr. Sharon Portwood, a Professor Emerita of Public Health Sciences, has co-edited Handbook of Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Framework for Collaborative Health Promotion with colleagues Michael Lawler and Michael Roberts.  Dr. Portwood describes the handbook as an “essential resource” for those seeking to understand and address adverse childhood experiences. Dr. Sharon Portwood, a Professor Emerita of Public […]

Dr. Rafael Viera Discusses Tick-Borne Illnesses With wbtv


Dr. Rafael Viera, an Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences who is part of the CIPHER One Health initiative, recently spoke with WBTV about the causes and consequences of a rise in tick populations leading to more tick-borne diseases.   Read More 

PHS PhD Alumna Kala Wilson speaks with Queen City News about Black Maternal Health


Queen City News featured UNC Charlotte PHS PhD alumna Kala Wilson who explains why black American women experience some of the worst maternal health outcomes in the world. UNC Charlotte Public Health Sciences PhD alumna Kala Wilson was part of an expert panel following an on-campus screening of the documentary Aftershock this past spring, one of several […]

Meck County leads NC in people living with HIV


Dr. Meagan Zarwell, an Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at UNC Charlotte, explains to the Charlotte Observer why HIV is so prevalent in Mecklenburg County. READ THE STORY LEARN ABOUT THE JUNE 27 HIV TESTING EVENT

PHS PhD Student Isaac Olufadewa Presents at the Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) Conference


PHS PhD student Isaac Olufadewa presented at the Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) 2023 Conference held in Bangkok, Thailand from 13-15 June. The Sabin Vaccine Institute and UNICEF awarded Public Health Sciences PhD student Isaac Olufadewa a full scholarship to attend the Vaccination Acceptance Research Network (VARN) 2023 Conference held from 13-15 June in Bangkok […]