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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.


HPDP logo on navy background Children’s Healthy Weight Research Group hiring postdoctoral fellow

The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is currently seeking applications for a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NIH-funded clinical trial that aims to evaluate a multilevel early childhood … Continued

Woman with glass of wine shops for alcohol on phone HPDP researcher to study the impact of online and delivery alcohol sales on excessive alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic

Rebecca Williams, PhD, MHS, has received approximately $600,000 in funding to study changes in alcohol consumption and related harms in relation to the wider availability of online and delivery alcohol sales during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the spring of 2020, … Continued

Dianne Ward headshot HPDP’s Dianne Ward, EdD, named as one of the world’s top experts in child care research

HPDP’s Dianne Ward, EdD, has been recognized as a “World Expert” in child care by Expertscape, a service that ranks the expertise of researchers in biomedical fields. She is among the top 0.062% of published authors in child care research … Continued

View of two Black women sitting down. One is wearing gloves and helping the other prick her finger to take a blood sugar reading. Berkowitz receives R01 grant to help advance health equity in type 2 diabetes care

A research team led by Seth A. Berkowitz, MD, MPH has received a five-year, nearly $3 million R01 award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to better understand how addressing health-related social needs improves health outcomes for people with … Continued


Want to help us make a public health impact through prevention research? We work with community partners, both locally and nationally, to conduct research and create knowledge and tools that can improve community health. Your donations provide our Center essential resources including providing pilot grants that fund junior investigators and innovative research proposals; travel awards for graduate students; professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students; and much, much more. No amount is too small, so please consider donating today.

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