Funmi Arogbokun

CFE Graduate Student Fellow (2019-2020)
Gillings School of Global Public Health


Funmi is a current PhD student in the Epidemiology department at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in Epidemiology and a minor in Biostatistics. After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Butler University, with a major in Chemistry and minor in Mathematics, Funmi became more interested in a career in undergraduate education with the opportunity to incorporate research. During her undergraduate studies, Funmi worked as an undergraduate tutor in Butler University’s Learning Resource Center, where she tutored chemistry and mathematics. Her interest in teaching was further developed as she spent three summers working for the Children’s Defense Fund teaching literacy to elementary school students through the nonprofit’s culturally-relevant Freedom Schools Program.

Funmi is eager to learn more about how teaching and research are done in conjunction, particularly in a career focused on undergraduate teaching and mentoring. Her previous research experience has included work in mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, utilization of economic methods in public health, inorganic chemistry, and health geography. Currently, she is interested in perinatal epidemiology and is involved in research looking at how chemical exposures during pregnancy can impact early childhood development. Funmi is excited about being a CFE Graduate Student Fellow and looks forward to learning more about all four of the CFE’s focus areas – teaching & learning, research, mentoring, and leadership.