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Associate Professor, General Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Rachel Urrutia is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, preventive medicine specialist, and women’s reproductive epidemiologist. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Urrutia’s interests include fertility awareness based methods of family planning, complementary and alternative treatments, diet and physical activity approaches to improve health, communicating research to patients in understandable ways, and optimizing health in noninvasive ways. Her research focuses on developing behavior change programs that will help reproductive-age women improve their long-term health and wellbeing. Some of her research projects include investigating the benefits and harms of oral contraceptive use, diet and physical activity patterns among pregnant women, lifestyle change programs for low income women at a family planning clinic, and research with women in Haiti about their health needs.


Bachelor Of Arts: Clark University, Worcester, Ma

Doctor of Medicine: Harvard University Medical School, Cambridge, Ma

Residency: Duke University, Durham, NC; Obstetrics And Gynecology

Residency: The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill; Preventive Medicine

Fellowship: The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill

Master Of Science In Clinical Research (MSCR): The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, Epidemiology

Rachel Urrutia