We Have Merged!

UNC Center for Infectious Diseases and Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases merge under the institute name to create a single, unified global health organization

merger-story-imageDecember 18, 2013 – Effective immediately, the Center for Infectious Diseases and the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases at UNC are merging under the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases. The merger results in an organization that is well positioned to have a substantial impact on the health of people around the world.

The combined organization has approximately $60 million in research revenue, more than 75 affiliated faculty members, and strong, sustainable programs in North Carolina, Malawi, Zambia, China, and Central America and South America.

“We are excited to combine these two units under one umbrella that is arguably one of the most visible and most successful initiatives on campus. We believe the merger will reduce redundancies and enhance our reputation,” said Myron Cohen, Yeargan Bate Eminent Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Epidemiology.  Cohen directed both the Center for Infectious Diseases and the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases and will continue to lead the combined institute.

The Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases was launched in 2007 to build on Carolina’s core strength in global health and infectious disease research and training. Then-chancellor James Moeser supported the establishment of a pan-university global health institute that would expand Carolina’s global presence. Because infectious disease activities were, and continue to be, so central in the University’s existing global health efforts, the institute was named to include “and infectious diseases.”

Key strategic benefits of the merger include increased efficiency and broader campus reach. Perhaps most importantly, it eliminates the problem of name confusion. The existence of two overlapping units with similar names could be confusing to colleagues, current and prospective students, funders, and the media.

The web home of the merged Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases will continue to be globalhealth.unc.edu. The division of infectious diseases, under the department of medicine, remains the home of UNC’s clinical care services in the ID clinic, on the hospital wards and at satellite clinics, as well as our ID fellowship training program. The division website is www.med.unc.edu/infdis.


Contact: Lisa Chensvold, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu or 919-843-5719