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Media Advisory

For immediate use 

Jan. 6, 2006 -- No. 8

Department of Homeland Security chief medical officer
to speak at certificate programís graduation ceremony

Saturday (Jan. 7), noon
Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building
UNC campus

Dr. Jeffrey W. Runge, chief medical officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be the guest speaker at the graduation ceremony for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Healthís department of health policy and administration certificate programs.

Media representatives are invited to cover the ceremony.

Prior to his appointment with Homeland Security, Runge was the administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. He also has practiced and taught emergency medicine as assistant chairman of the department of emergency medicine at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte and has directed the Carolinas Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The department of health policy and administrationís certificate programs include Community Preparedness and Disaster Management, and Health Care Management.

Thirty-three students will graduate on Saturday. Some graduates of the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program volunteered their time to help with rescue and cleanup efforts after hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma and will be recognized for their service during the ceremony.

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Health policy and administration department contact: Gene Pinder, (919) 966-9756, (919) 522-7088 (cell) or gpinder@email.unc.edu
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