The Department of Environment, Health and Safety is committed to making UNC-Chapel Hill a safe and healthy place to work and go to school.
Infectious diseases are a continuing danger. Some diseases have been effectively controlled with the help of modern technology. New diseases like Ebola, SARS and West Nile virus infection are constantly appearing and influenza strains continue to evolve. Others, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and bacterial pneumonias, are now appearing in forms that are resistant to drug treatments. Additionally, with globalization, a growing population, and the increased frequency of air travel, communicable diseases represent as great a threat as ever to the health of all of us.
All schools, departments, centers, institutes, or units should develop a communicable disease emergency continuity of operations plan.
View the 2019 Communicable Disease Response Plan and Team presentation by Mary Beth Koza, Director of the Department of Environment, Health and Safety.