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Dr. Michael Emch
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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Jennifer Winston

PhD Student
Department of Geography


Jennifer at the
Great Wall of China
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I am interested in population-environment interactions as they relate to water quality and human health.  My dissertation draws upon a disease ecology framework and focuses on birth defects and maternal exposure to contaminants via drinking water.  My other research with the Spatial Health Research Group has investigated the role of drinking water in childhood diarrheal disease.


M.A., International Environmental Policy, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 2002

B.A., French Studies, Lewis & Clark College, 1998


NICHD Population Research Traineeship, Carolina Population Center 2012-2013

Chancellor’s Fellowship, University of North Carolina, 2009-2014

Carolina Population Center Predoctoral Traineeship 2011-2012

NSF IGERT Predoctoral Traineeship, Carolina Population Center, 2009-2011



Winston J, Escamilla V, Perez-Heydrich C, Carrel M, Yunus M, Streatfield PK, Emch M. (2013) "Deep tubewells provide protection against childhood diarrhea in Matlab, Bangladesh." American Journal of Public Health.

Winston J, Emch M. In press. "Medical Geography." In: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Geography. Ed. Barney Warf. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Carrel, M; Escamilla, V; Messina, J; Giebultowicz, S; Winston, J; Yunus, M; Streatfield, PK, Emch, M. (2011) Increased tubewell density decreased diarrheal disease risk in rural Matlab, Bangladesh: A zero-inflated and geographically weighted analysis. International Journal of Health Geographics.10:41. view PDF

Publications in Review

Winston, J; Meyer, R; Emch M. "A geographic analysis of hypospadias births in North Carolina." Submitted to Health and Place