Skip to main content
Carolina Story: Virtual Museum of University History

Milton Rosenau (1869-1946)

Recognizing that diseases such as hookworm and pellagra were rampant in the South, President Frank Porter Graham worked with faculty to increase research and training in public health. In 1936, the university established the School of Public Health, the very first of its kind at a public university, and hired Milton Rosenau of Harvard to become its first dean. Today the school has seven academic departments, ranging from epidemiology to environmental sciences to health policy.