Mr. Douglas W. Urland, has been named director of the North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH), effective November 4.
NCIPH, housed within the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the cornerstone of the School’s outreach and practice efforts. Team members train the state’s public health workforce and facilitate collaborative solutions to population health challenges in North Carolina and beyond.
“Doug’s recruitment is a tremendous plus for NCIPH,” said Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean of the Gillings School. “He comes with a strong understanding of local public health and North Carolina as a whole. His leadership is reflected in the positions he has held; his expertise in such areas as visioning, changing to meet the needs of 21st century public health and Public Health 3.0; and having served as president of the N.C. Association of Local Health Directors.”
Mr. Urland has been a local health director in North Carolina since 1995, serving in Greene, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. Presently, he is working toward a Doctor of Public Health degree in health policy and management at the Gillings School — he expects to complete the program in 2020.
“Through my various experiences as a local health director and doctoral student, I have had the opportunity to engage with and learn from the outstanding faculty and staff at the Gillings School of Global Public Health,” Mr. Urland said. “I look forward to working with the fine group of dedicated professionals at NCIPH as, together, we strengthen the bridge between public health academics and practice; enhance existing partnerships and create new ones; and build upon our data-driven, evidence-based solutions to positively impact the health of all communities in our state and beyond.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on September 27