Carol W. Runyan, MPH, PhD


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Carol W. Runyan, MPH, PhD is trained in public health behavior, epidemiology and social policy. She co-founded and directed the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center while on the faculty at the UNC School of Public Health. In 2011, she joined the faculty at the Colorado School of Public Health​.

She has conducted research on young worker safety, traffic safety, safety at home, youth violence, child maltreatment, and suicide prevention. She was honored in 2012 by CDC as one of the 20 most influential leaders in the field of injury control in 20 years and received a Distinguished Career Award from APHA in 2014.

Dr. Runyan has taught foundational principles of public health as well as courses on injury and violence prevention, proposal writing. 


  • Bachelor of Arts, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN (1972)
  • Masters of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (1975)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (1983)
  • Post-doctoral fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (1986)