About Jan Carney

MPH Program Director Dr. Jan K. Carney is Associate Dean for Public Health and Health Policy and Professor of Medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. She earned a BA from Middlebury College, MD from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Harvard School of Public Health. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Preventive Medicine. She served as Vermont’s Commissioner of Health under three gubernatorial administrations, championing improvements in children’s health insurance, preventing teen smoking, and improving cancer screening. In 2003, the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and the American Medical Women’s Association honored Dr. Carney as a Local Legend. She received the Vermont Public Health Association “Public Health Champion” Award in 2018 and was recently awarded the UVM President’s Distinguished University Citizenship and Service Award for her innovative teaching, creative leadership, and service to the UVM community. Dr. Carney is active in public health practice, research, education, and service. She is a Master of the American College of Physicians (MACP) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP). She has authored many scientific papers and three books: Public Health in Action: Practicing in the Real World, Controversies in Public Health and Health Policy, and A History of Public Health: From Past to Present (February 2022).    


  • PH301 Public Health and Health Policy
  • PH318 Improving Health in Patients and Populations

Articles & Publications

Community Engagement

Nationally, Dr. Carney is currently a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, the largest medical-specialty organization, and second-largest physician group in the United States. She recently served as Vice-Chair of ACP’s Health and Public Policy Committee, contributing to health policy publications about social determinants of health, insurance coverage, and patient partnership in health care. She directs the Rural Health Research and Community Engagement Core for the Northern New England Clinical and Translational Research Network, engaging clinicians and communities in research related to rural health needs. She works with many local non-profit health-related organizations and is an active member of the Vermont Public Health Association. Dr. Carney recently joined the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Practice Advisory Committee, focusing on the practice mission of members, including application of research to practice and collaboration between the academic and practice community.

Featured Media

Learn How to Earn a CEPH-Accredited Master’s Degree in Public Health at UVM 100% Online
Conversations with Jan Carney: Career Opportunities in Public Health
Conversations with Jan Carney: What makes UVM MPH Faculty Unique?
Coronavirus: The Science of Social Distancing webinar. There were 300 live participants during the March 19 webinar.
The New Normal: How We Reopen & Protect the Public Health: Dr. Jan Carney and Vermont Department of Health State Epidemiologist Dr. Patsy Kelso discussed how Government Officials start to chart a path to a “new normal” as states begin to open up and loosen restrictions. There were 362 live participants during the June 2 webinar
Beyond Brave Spaces Not Just COVID: Examining the Centuries of Health Care Inequities and Racial Trauma: Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the University of Vermont was the moderator for the Beyond Brave Spaces webinar. This webinar included three session presenters: Dr. Carney, Dr. Marissa Coleman, a Clinical Psychologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center and Dr. C. Brandon Ogbunu, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. There were 357 live participants during the August 5 webinar

Media Interviews:

What Happens to Your Body When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep?

Heat Waves are Becoming More Frequent – Here’s How to Prepare and Adapt

Antibiotic Use Midlife May Lead to Cognitive Decline in Women

How the COVID-19 pandemic led to health care innovation

What Parents Need to Know About Deltacron

How Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Cause a COVID-19 Spike in Europe

10 Flu Vaccine Side Effects That Are Totally Normal

Write down your conditions, medication in the country’s language: How to travel with a chronic illness

Parents are sending kids to school with air quality monitors but should you?

Are ‘heat days’ the new snow days?

Will The Omicron Variant Create New Mask Mandates?


  • 08-24-2020 – UVM President’s Distinguished University Citizenship and Service Award
  • 01-15-2020 – Frederick C. Morin Educational Leadership Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary and sustained record of service in educational leadership, committee service, and/or administration
  • 10-01-2019 – American College of Physicians (ACP), Master (MACP)
  • 05-30-2018 – Vermont Public Health Associate “Public Heath Champion” Award. Given to an individual(s) who has demonstrated through their efforts a significant and meaningful contribution to the improved health of Vermonters. This was the first recognition for this annual award.
  • 01-26-2017 – American Heart Association of Vermont Crystal Heart Award. This award is presented annually by AHA affiliates across the country to a local resident who is an advocate, volunteer and role model for improving the health of the community and who works to further the AHA’s mission “to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.”

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