Dr. Diane Marie Calleson

(Health Fellows & Scholars)
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Leadership Program
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States

Focus Areas

Higher Education
Policy & Education


Diane Calleson, PhD, is Clinical Associate Professor with the Public Health Leadership Program at the Gillings Global School of Public Health at UNC. Dr. Calleson has a doctoral degree in education and postdoctoral training in community-based participatory research with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Her work focuses on developing and implementing training initiatives for medical students, physicians and public health professionals. She teaches program planning and evaluation and is the lead instructor masters seminar for Health Care and Prevention students who are completing a combined MD, MPH program. The seminar creates a structured course for writing a masters paper and addresses core leadership topics germane to their training. Dr. Calleson has directed numerous grant-funded national program educational evaluations. She is currently developing new areas of interest on exceptional patients in cancer care and a project in Chile with a future national park in Patagonia. Dr. Calleson has a joint appointment in the Department of Family Medicine and the Public Health Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches courses on community-based participatory research, program evaluation and a capstone course in the distance MPH program. Dr. Calleson's work focuses on the forces affecting community involvement by academic health centers and how academic health centers can effectively collaborate with communities to improve community health. Dr. Calleson is funded on several grant initiatives at UNC. She is working on a pre-doctoral grant in the Department of Family Medicine, funded by the Bureau of the Health Professions, which is focused on training medical students to work with underserved populations. She is directing three externally funded educational program evaluations, and is the principal investigator of a policy-focused project on the scholarship of community engagement. In addition, Dr. Calleson is a research advisor for the Family Medicine Fellowship and is the co-director of the Primary Care Research Component for the General Internal Medicine Fellowship.