Student Outreach and Recruitment


The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is committed to the diversity of our students, faculty and staff and the reduction of health disparities in the world around us. In the spirit of this commitment, faculty, staff and students throughout the School seek to foster conditions that attract a diverse group of top-notch students and enable them to thrive.


The Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC is partnering with Morehouse College and Project IMHOTEP for the UNC Summer Public Health Fellowship Program (UNC SPHFP). Project IMHOPTEP is an eleven-week internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of juniors and seniors and recent graduates of an undergraduate institution in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health.

The program begins with two weeks of intense educational training at Morehouse College. The purpose of this training is to equip interns with the academic coursework and information necessary to complete the program. During the remaining nine weeks, interns conduct public health research with experts at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC.Throughout the program, interns participate in a wide variety of seminars, workshops and other educational initiatives, and must complete a required number of community service hours. Interns also receive research support and consultation in data analysis and other project requirements.

Due to the demands of the program, only serious, extremely self-motivated and disciplined student should apply. The selection process is very rigorous and extremely competitive. Candidates should have a genuine interest in pursuing a career in public health, with a particular emphasis in biostatistics, epidemiology, or occupational safety and health.

Please visit the following link to apply for this program and please indicate UNC-Chapel Hill as your preferred site location: Project IMHOTEP application.

For additional information, contact Trinnette Cooper, Coordinator for Diversity Programs and Recruitment, at

Summer Public Health Symposium for High School Students
This event is open to high school students and is designed to expose students to the general field of public health while enabling students to explore individual leadership styles. Students will gain an understanding of what it means to be a leader in public health by participating in specialized developmental exercises. In addition to exploring their individual leadership styles, students will learn to apply those skills to various issues of public health that directly impact their communities and schools. Students will explore initiatives in public health such as: eliminating health disparities, access to safe water, obesity, and cancer research.

The Symposium is free for all students. All students who successfully complete this enrichment experience will be presented with a certificate at the conclusion of the program. This program is sponsored by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and Health Affairs Pipeline Initiative (HAPI). Please note, there is only an online application which can be found here. Contact the Office of Student Affairs at, or Trinnette Cooper at for more information.

First Annual Summer Public Health Symposium July 27-29, 2012, Michael Hooker Research Center

First Annual Summer Public Health Symposium July 27-29, 2012, Michael Hooker Research Center

School-wide Diversity Orientation

This orientation connects SPH students from various groups (e.g., students of color, international students, LGBTQ students, students with families or students who have been out of school for more than 10 years) to each other and to related resources. This event occurs the Saturday before fall orientation. You will have the opportunity to network with current students, gain advice from faculty, and meet School and University administrators who support diversity initiatives.

Partners Program

The partnership between North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and the UNC-Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNCCH/LCCC) has laid the groundwork for an inter-institutional training program for undergraduate students who are motivated to pursue careers in basic cancer research and in public health. Partners is designed to meet our goal of increasing the number of undergraduate students from both NCCU and UNC-Chapel Hill who successfully pursue careers devoted to finding causes, cures, and prevention strategies for cancers that disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African Americans. The SPH Office of Student Affairs coordinates summer research opportunities with LCCC/NCCU students.

Minority Health Conference
The Office of Student Affairs is a huge support of this annual conference. The Conference was launched by the MSC in 1977 and has been conducted nearly every year since then, making it the oldest – and largest – student-run conference in the country. The Planning Committee includes representatives of the sponsoring organizations (the Caucus, Dean’s Office, NC Institute of Public Health, Minority Health Project) and student volunteers. The Conference is co-sponsored by various organizations in and outside the University.


Health Sciences LGBTQ Alliance
The Health Sciences Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Alliance is an association of students, faculty, and staff from the schools of the health sciences (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Social Work) working to promote the health and well-being of people in LGBTQ communities. The Alliance works to increase training and exposure of Health Sciences students to the concerns of LGBTQ people by sponsoring speakers, panels, and conferences at these schools throughout UNC-Chapel Hill.

Minority Student Caucus

The Minority Student Caucus (MSC) is for all students of color in the School and anyone else interested in supporting the Caucus’ mission. MSC advocates for issues of concern to students of color in the School (e.g., diversity among faculty and students) and promotes research and programs aimed at addressing public health issues that particularly affect people of color (e.g. health disparities). The MSC is also responsible for organizing and managing the Annual Minority Health Conference.

Outreach, Recruitment and Activities

2012 School-wide Diversity Orientation, Rosenau Hall

2012 School-wide Diversity Orientation, Rosenau Hall

Throughout the year, student services staff, faculty and students participate in a variety of activities with hundreds of diverse students and professionals. Below are examples of how our school reaches these audiences.

  • School and class presentations about public health fields, academics, careers and admission to schools of public health
  • Attendance and/or participation on panels focused on health careers and schools
  • Career and college fairs
  • Open houses, diversity orientation, and informational meetings
  • Presentations, tours and groups activities for participants in a variety of summer programs
  • Individual consultations/meetings with prospective students

We engage in numerous activities and services aimed at attracting qualified students with diverse backgrounds, including under-represented minority and international students.We create and support presentations, events and other activities to encourage the public health interests of students and professionals at various levels of education and experience. We connect with a wide variety of people interested in learning more about public health opportunities.

Our outreach and recruitment efforts include the following audiences:

  • Elementary, middle and high school students
  • Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate student
  • Recent graduates
  • Working professionals
  • K-12 and higher education counselors, advisors and faculty

If you would like to coordinate a visit to our School or a visit from a School representative to your event or program, please contact us at


2012 Partnership Program Networking Event, Michael Hooker Research Center

2012 Partnership Program Networking Event, Michael Hooker Research Center

The School relies on internal and external partners to fully engage the variety of its outreach and recruitment initiatives. We welcome more opportunities to work with organizations interested in supporting minority students as they pursue careers in health professions, particularly public health.

Please contact us at with your ideas on how we can best work with you. Below is a list of our partners:



2012 Partners Program Student Research Presentation, McGavran-Greenberg Hall

2012 Partners Program Student Research Presentation, McGavran-Greenberg Hall

Reports of OSA-organized outreach and recruitment activities: