The Department of Social Medicine is an academic unit within the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill committed to the promotion and provision of multidisciplinary education, leadership, service, research, and scholarship at the intersection of medicine and society. This includes focus on the social conditions and characteristics of patients and populations; causes of illness and contexts of medical care; the ethical and social contexts of biomedical clinical and research professionals and institutions; and questions of allocation, organization and financing of health resources including health law and policy.

Faculty from clinical medicine, public health, the social sciences, and the humanities collaborate to teach core curriculum to medical students, develop innovative research and scholarly endeavors, and connect the School of Medicine with the wider University campus. Through our teaching, research, and service we address social dimensions of health and health care in North Carolina and around the globe.

Three affiliated interdisciplinary research centers deepen and expand the Department’s focus in bioethics, health disparities, and ethical, legal, and social implications of genomics: The Center for Bioethics, the Center for Health Equity Research, and the Center for Genomics and Society. Social Medicine is a bridge between medicine and public health, public policy, law, the arts and humanities, social sciences disciplines, and communities across the state.

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Buchbinder article analyzes debate over aid-in-dying laws

Posted 5 months ago

   Medical aid-in-dying laws are on the rise in the U.S., but patients still face substantial barriers to access, according to      an analysis by Mara Buchbinder, PhD. Eight U.S. jurisdictions (seven states plus the District of Columbia) now … Continued

Mara Buchbinder Receives Hettleman Award

Posted 1 year ago

Dr. Mara Buchbinder, Associate Professor of Social Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology, has been selected to receive a 2017 Ruth and Philip Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. The Hettleman award is one of the University of North … Continued

Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH

Jeffrey Sonis Elected to AOA Honor Society

Posted 1 year ago

Dr. Jeffrey Sonis, associate professor of Social Medicine, has been elected to the UNC School of Medicine chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha, a national honor medical society. Dr. Sonis was nominated and elected to AOA by students in recognition of … Continued

Giselle Corbie-Smith Elected President of SGIM

Posted 1 year ago

Dr. Giselle Corbie Smith, Professor of Social Medicine and Medicine, and Director of the Center for Health Equity Research, has been elected to a three-year term as president of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM).

Gail Henderson Wins Outstanding Mentor Award

Posted 2 years ago

The UNC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has announced that Gail Henderson is a recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Mentor Award in recognition of her exceptional mentoring of post-doctoral scholars. Dr. Henderson is a Professor of Social Medicine and leads the Center … Continued

Social Medicine Welcomes Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein to the Faculty

Posted 2 years ago

Social Medicine is thrilled to announce that Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein has joined the Department as an assistant professor. She will also serve as a core faculty member in the UNC Center for Health Equity Research. Lauren holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University and comes … Continued

Jean Cadigan Featured on PBS

Posted 2 years ago

Jean Cadigan is featured in a PBS NewsHour story on the scientific promise and ethical issues associated with biobanking in Kannapolis.

Barry Saunders Wins Teaching Excellence Award

Posted 2 years ago

Barry Saunders is the 2016 winner of the Clinical Teaching Excellence Award for Basic Science from the UNC School of Medicine Academy of Educators. This award recognizes faculty who have made significant contributions to the School of Medicine curriculum in the … Continued

Raul Necochea, PhD

Raul Necochea Named Simmons Scholar

Posted 3 years ago

The Simmons Scholars Career Development Program – a UNC School of Medicine initiative to support the work and professional development of minority faculty members – recently welcomed pediatrician Keisha Gibson, MD, MPH, and Raul Necochea, PhD.

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