Mary White, MS, MSHI, AHIP, EMT-B: Public Health Librarian: About Mary

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(919) 966-0956
Health Sciences Library
335 S. Columbia Street
CB 7585
UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7585
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As the Global Public Health Librarian, Mary provides consultation, training and research support for students, faculty and staff affiliated with the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

She has held adjunct lecturer positions in health informatics at Johns Hopkins and Drexel Universities, and worked as a knowledge management librarian with the NC TraCS Institute.  She has volunteered and worked in local and federal disaster response.   

Her research interests include public health, health communication, health behavior, global health, disaster management, mHealth/eHealth, and public health informatics.

Mary is also a part-time doctoral student in the UNC-CH School of Information and Library Science.  

General research interests include: public health, health communication, health behavior, global health, disaster management, mHealth/eHealth, and public health informatics.  Her doctoral research interests include: public health student education and information behavior, information search processes, and information use.


BA, Psychology, Information Science minor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
MS in Library Science, Certificate in International Development, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
MS in Health Informatics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
ABD (all but dissertation) in Community and Behavioral Health, Health Communication concentration, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
PhD student in Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC

Certifications / Memberships

Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) certified member
North Carolina certified EMT-B
Member of the Medical Library Association (MLA), American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), American Public Health Association (APHA),  Association for Population Libraries and Information Centers (APLIC), MLA Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC), Librarians' Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH)

UNC-CH Safe Zone Training / Ally
UNC-CH Green Zone Training / Ally
UNC-CH Haven Training / Ally
UNC-CH Mental Health First Aid Trained


Sample of Services 

Biomedical Literature Searching, Citation Management, NIH Public Access Policy Compliance, REACH NC, Metrics & Impact, Finding Funding Opportunities

Selected Presentations/Publications

  • White, M. (2014, Dec). CRC Perspectives: Where can I access resources to stay up to date about clinical research? Clinical Researcher, 28-30.
  • White, M. (2013). Public health informatics: An invitation to the field. Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 39(5), 25-29.
  • Ford, C., Ward, D., & White, M. (2012). Television viewing associated with adverse dietary outcomes in children ages 2–6. Obesity Reviews, 13(12), 1139-1147.
  • American Public Health Association, Denver, CO (November 2010) Roundtable discussion: eGranary Digital Library: Bridging the Digital Divide in Zambia
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education, Geneva, Switzerland (July 2010) Oral presentation: Use of theory for the development of effective health promotion distance education courses using technology
  • Global Health and Innovation conference 2010, Unite for Sight, Yale/New Haven, CT (April 2010) Poster: Employing the eGranary Digital Library to Improve Health Education in Developing Countries
  • World Health Organization. (2009). Public health campaigns: Getting the message across. Geneva, Switzerland:WHO.
  • EAHIL, Helsinki Finland (Summer 2008) Poster: eGranary digital library: bringing nursing content to the field
  • WHO/EMRO, Cairo Egypt (December 2007) Podium presentation:  eGranary Digital Library and WHO Library Resources
  • Society of Adolescent Medicine, Denver CO (Spring 2007) Poster: DISCO: Dance game based Interventional Study on Childhood Obesity 
  • Games for Health, Baltimore, MD (September 2006) Oral presentation: Gaming Therapy at Johns Hopkins
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. (August 2006) Poster: Information needs for electronic medical records in Ethiopia
  • NLM Health Informatics Trainees conference, Nashville, TN. (June 2006) Paper/presentation: DISCO: DDR/dance-based interventional study on childhood obesity
  • Mathews, A., Swain, R., White, M., Lehmann, H., & Furth, S. (2005). Evaluating the Use of an Online Gaming Community in a Pediatric Hemodialysis Center. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings (Vol. 2005, p.1046). American Medical Informatics Association.
  • National Public Radio, Marketplace: Dance dance revolution, baby.  (November 28, 2005 AM) Interview:
  • Special Libraries Association, Nashville TN (June 2004) Student paper award: Teaching health care informatics across disciplines
  • Medical Library Association, San Diego CA poster (May 2003) Poster: Sharing the power:  Training consumer health information center volunteers online
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