Morgana Mongraw-Chaffin, PhD, MPH Assistant Professor
is an epidemiologist
with a focus on the
disease. Her primary
research focus is in
two areas related to
obesity: 1. Sex
differences in body
fat composition and
2. The stability and
Welcome to the Division of Public Health Sciences of Wake Forest School of Medicine. This web site is designed to provide you with a general overview of the teaching, research and community outreach initiatives of our group.
During our relatively short history, our group has grown to include more than 250 individuals including greater than 60 faculty. We bring a public health perspective to our medical environment. Our focus is to identify strategies to enhance public health and disease prevention. Read More » | Read Spring 2020 Newsletter »
Photo Gallery from the September 20, 2017, Reception Honoring Dr. Gregory Burke At the reception, held on September 20, 2017, Public Health Sciences faculty and staff and medical center leadership gathered to honor Dr. Gregory Burke for his 27 years of exemplary direction of PHS. The event marked Greg's administrative transition on August 1 from PHS Division Director to Senior Associate Dean for Research at Wake Forest School of Medicine, while he continues as a professor in PHS. With that role change, Dr. Lynne Wagenknecht took over as PHS Interim Director. The memorable speeches and conversation at the reception, held in the Biotech Place Atrium, pointed to the collaborative spirit and the contributions of many to the Division's continuing success. View Photo Gallery »
North Carolina Work Based Learning Association (NCWBLA) Outstanding Employer of the Year Award Congratulations to our Research Information Services Unit for receiving the North Carolina Work Based Learning Association (NCWBLA) Outstanding Employer of the Year award for their work in hosting Forsyth Tech students Meaghan Adkisson and John Nichols who are now employees. This state-wide award recognizes the Work Based Learning program that Forsyth Tech participates in, and one that we are now engaged in with our internship program. Julia Robertson and Scott Rushing are primarily responsible for this.
Search Underway for Permanent Chair of the Department of Implementation Science The Division of Public Health Sciences is conducting a national search for a dynamic, permanent chair for its new Department of Implementation Science. For more information on the chair position, please see ».
Greg Burke Receives Distinguished Scientist Award from AHA Dr. Gregory L. Burke, professor and then director of the Division of Public Health Sciences, received a prestigious Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association at its 2016 Scientific Sessions, held November 12-16, 2016, in New Orleans, LA. The Distinguished Scientist designation honors American Heart Association professional members who have made extraordinary contributions to cardiovascular and stroke research. This award was created over 10 years ago to recognize AHA/ASA members for significant, original and sustained scientific contributions that have advanced the association's mission of "Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke." Dr. Burke has devoted his career towards seeking a clearer understanding of the etiology of cardiovascular disease in populations and in the development of better strategies for chronic disease prevention. He has served on a number of major national committees, including currently as the National Steering Committee Chair of the NIH funded Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). An author on more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Burke has been widely recognized as a leader in population health, clinical prevention, and multi-institutional studies.
Greg Burke Receives Population Research Prize from AHA The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded its Population Research Prize for 2015 to Gregory L. Burke, MD, MSc, Professor and then Director of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine, for his leadership of high-caliber epidemiology research. Read Release »
PHS Professor Mark Hall, JD, Elected to Institute of Medicine Membership It is our pleasure to inform you that our faculty colleague, Professor Mark Hall, JD, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. One of the nation's leading scholars specializing in law, health care delivery, economics and bioethics, he holds appointments in the Department of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Division of Public Health Sciences, and Wake Forest University School of Law. More Information »
Intensive Weight Loss Intervention in Older Individuals: Results from the Action for Health in Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Trial Dr. Espeland recently published a paper titled: 'Intensive weight loss intervention in older individuals: results from the Action for Health in Diabetes Type 2 diabetes mellitus trial' in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. More Information »