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Carol Runyan PhD, MPH

Professor, Founding Director (PIPER)
  • Department of Community & Behavioral Health
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Injury & Violence Prevention Center

Carol Runyan, MPH, PhD has nearly four decades of experience as an injury scholar. A part-time professor, in phased retirement, with the Colorado School of Public Health where she is the founding director of  the Program for Injury Prevention, Education & Research (PIPER). Previously, Dr. Runyan led the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center for more than two decades. She is a professor emeritus at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health and lives in North Carolina. Her numerous publications address both the epidemiology and prevention of injuries on a number of topics, including unintentional injuries occurring in the home, roadway, school, and work environments and has recently focused on suicide prevention and child maltreatment. Dr. Runyan has worked extensively with practice-based colleagues in federal, state, and local health agencies and teaches public health students. She was recently served as president of the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR). In 2012, she was named one of the most influential leaders in injury control by the CDC, and, in 2014, received a Distinguished Career Award from the APHA.

Areas of Expertise

  • Injury and violence prevention
  • Public health history and ethics

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Department of Health Education, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1983
  • MPH, Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Minnesota, 1975



  • Editor’s Choice Award, American Journal of Public Health, 2018
  • Impacftul Paper Award, Injury Prevention, 2015
  • Distinguished Career Award, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section, American Public Health Association, 2014
  • Top 20 most influential leaders in injury control in last 20 years, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2012
  • Outstanding Public Service Mewl, Secretary of Defense, 2003
  • Society of Scholars, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
  • Excellence in Science Award, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association, 1998
  • Outstanding Service Award, State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association, 1996

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