Student opportunities

 

At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, we train a diverse group of dedicated students to become world-class leaders who anticipate public health challenges and accelerate their solutions.We enrich and support our students’ academic training with myriad opportunities for skill development, networking, research, funding, service and more. Use the links below to see where Diversity Matters in our school.

These links take you directly to pages full of resources and information for all students. Look for the Diversity Matters section for specific opportunities.

Before you leave this page, take a look at the summary information and additional links on these topics below.

Diversity orientation

All incoming students are invited to attend this workshop, which focuses on connecting students of color, international students, LGBTQ students, students with families and students who have been out of school for more awhile to each other and campus resources. Sessions focus on strategies for success and provide an opportunity for students to meet University and School leaders and current students.

We also offer EPID 689: Resources for International Students, a class that introduces international students to American university life and Chapel Hill, NC.

New students from diverse backgrounds participate in discussions during the 2008 Diversity Orientation

New students from diverse backgrounds participate in discussions during the 2008 Diversity Orientation

Overview of all orientations

Resources for international students

 

Some feedback from participants:

“It was great to have an opportunity to meet other students…I liked hearing the [support] of diversity.”

“The [student] panel was very energetic and lively [and there were] inspiring views from the faculty…nice ‘atmosphere.’”

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Funding opportunities

Our funding for diversity supports students in myriad ways. We translate gifts to the school (e.g., Gillings Dissertation Awards, grants (e.g., an MCH training grant or HRSA Public Health Traineeship funds), and employer positions into scholarships, travel grants, and grants to student organizations.

The School offers various scholarships and awards specific to minority students, including the Donald and Jennifer Holzworth Merit Scholarship and the SPH Alumni Association President’s Challenge Scholarship.

In addition, the SPH Office of Student Affairs (OSA) sponsors student organizations that are committed to improving and promoting diversity in local and global communities.

The Office of Student Affairs is a major contributor to the annual Minority Health Conference.

The Office of Student Affairs is a major contributor to the annual Minority Health Conference.

Costs and funding

Awards and honors

The Graduate School’s diversity funding resources

Examples of School funding for student organizations:

  • TRIAD recruitment day sponsored by the Minority Student Caucus ($800.00)
  • Movie nights sponsored by SPH Student Government ($450.00)
  • Support of Transgender Health Awareness Week activities ($800.00)
  • Minority Health Conference (more than $46,000 between 2007-2009)

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Research

Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO) is a university-wide program that serves as a focus for health disparities activities in the school. The mission of ECHO is to improve the health of North Carolina communities by eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities through multidisciplinary and culturally sensitive research, education and training. Student may participate on ECHO research, seminars and courses, including a certificate program.

Students also benefit from numerous opportunities to apply lessons learned, to enhance their academic traning and to engage in research with an impact.

Students regularly present research on health disparities at conferences in Chapel Hill and around the world.

Students regularly present research on health disparities at conferences in Chapel Hill and around the world.

ECHO

Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference

Minority Health Project

Annual Minority Health Conference

Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities

Specific research examples across the school (more details and examples):

  • Dr. Steve Wing, Epidemiology
    Local Health Impacts of Land Application of Sewage Sludge (2007-2010)
  • Dr. Laura Linnan, Health Behavior
    Interventions to Control Obesity in Colleges (2006-2011)
  • Dr. Jessica Lee, Health Policy and Management
    Examination of Oral Health Literacy in Public Health Practice (2007-2012)
  • Dr. Jon Hussey, Maternal and Child Health
    Emerging Disparities in Chronic Disease Risk (2008-2013)
  • Dr. Barry Popkin, Nutrition
    Nutrition-Related NCD Prevention Training in China (2006-2011)

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Student Organizations

 

All of our student organizations welcome students with all backgrounds, experiences and orientations.

Some of them invite students with similar cultural, social or professional backgrounds or interests to learn, grow and contribute to the world together.

Students, faculty and staff attend the annual global health fair sponsored by the Student Global Health Committee.

Students, faculty and staff attend the annual global health fair sponsored by the Student Global Health Committee.

Public health-related student organizations

Featured opportunities:

  • Health Sciences LGBTQ Alliance
  • Minority Student Caucus
  • Student Global Health Committee

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