Where We Work

Our faculty members work and have expertise in more than 55 countries.

Our faculty members work and have expertise in more than 55 countries.

Africa  |  Asia and Middle East  |  Europe  |  North America  |  Central & South American, Caribbean Islands

Global Reach

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Impact on global policies, programs and institutions results from Gillings faculty collaborations with the UN system, multinational organizations and intergovernmental groups. Read More

  • We are leading members of working groups shaping the new round of global development goals post-2015, when the current global Millennium Development Goals reach their target date.
  • Our faculty has shaped the world’s thinking about and response to the global nutrition transition – in particular, the rapid shift to a stage of nutrition-related degenerative diseases with all the dynamic changes in diet, activity, and obesity.
  • Our research has influenced global policies and practices for infant and young child feeding, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as prevention and treatment of other infectious diseases including respiratory illnesses and malaria.
  • Our faculty has drafted global technical reviews and policy statements for the U.S. Agency for International Development, the American Public Health Association, UNICEF, and many other international organizations.
  • The UNC WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health, based at Gillings, is working with the World Health Organization and the government of Malawi to create a model program to dramatically reduce maternal and newborn deaths.
  • The Water Institute at UNC worked with UNICEF to evaluate the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of  20 countries to severe weather events associated with climate change. The WI also has supported the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme’s development of global monitoring guidelines for safe drinking water and sanitation.
  • Our world-class teachers are shaping the thinking and practices of students who will become tomorrow’s global public health leaders.
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Across Africa, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health work with local and regional African partners to seek transformative solutions in global health. Read More

We are:

  • Finding new ways to track, prevent and treat major killer diseases like HIV/AIDS and malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • Testing a highly innovative device that can assist with difficult births, averting the toll of preventable maternal and infant deaths during childbirth;
  • Developing projects in Zambia, Kenya and South Africa aimed at preventing many thousands of young women from dying each year from cervical cancer
  • Working with a wide range of partners supported by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to ensure accessible, sustainable, high-quality water and sanitation programs in Africa’s rural areas and growing cities.
The Gillings School is a partner in a decades-long, UNC-wide partnership in Malawi and has a growing presence across the region.
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Asia, the Middle East, and Australia

A broad range of health and development challenges affect emerging economies across Asia and the Middle East.  The Gillings School has built strong partnerships in the regions to increase capacity and achieve significant health impact. Read More

Examples include:

  • A start-up company co-founded by a Gillings professor has been at the forefront of restoring critical water services to the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation. The company has devised a portable, self-contained microbial water test that helps response teams test and assess the safety of drinking water post-disaster.
  • In Vietnam, our faculty researchers are testing blood levels of dangerous chemicals in young children exposed to environmental pollution caused by small-scale domestic smelting of automobile batteries into lead ingot.
  • Support from the pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, enables us to train and equip the best and brightest young scholars from China to become leaders in nutrition and diabetes prevention and care.
  • School-based water and sanitation services supported by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in India are being assessed by a Water Institute team for their potential to save lives, improve education and scale up across the country.
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Partnerships for research and learning are a highlight of the Gillings School in Europe. Read More

Examples include:

  • The Gillings School and University of Cambridge (U.K.) have joined forces for research and impact on four major public health concerns:  dementia, obesity, alcohol and tobacco use, and healthcare data gaps.
  • Cambridge University and several other U.K. academic and private sector organizations are collaborating with the Gillings School about healthy global aging through innovative technology.
  • The Gillings School and the Institut Pasteur, a leading research center based in Paris, have partnered to enable Gillings post doctoral students  to work in Pasteur’s 32 research institutes based on five continents.
  • Faculty members leading the Gillings School’s executive doctoral program in health leadership are sharing the School’s model for executive education with other schools in Europe and around the world, including the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, EHESP (the French national school of public health), King’s College London and the University of Oslo.
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North America

The Gillings School’s deep roots in North Carolina are evident in all the work we do. Our faculty members work across the U.S. and North America, delivering solutions that transform local health in the communities we serve. Many of these innovative research, teaching and service programs serve as models that can be translated to other countries and regions around the world.

We also have significant North American initiatives outside the continental U.S. Read More

  • In Alaska, the Water Institute at UNC is working with the National Tribal Water Center on various initiatives related to small and remote water and sanitation services serving Alaskan Indigenous and Alaskan Native communities.
  • In Mexico, in areas where arsenic levels in drinking water are very high, we work to understand how arsenic exposure leads to bladder cancer and  study the links between pregnant mothers’ exposure to arsenic and health effects in their children. These findings also can benefit areas in North Carolina and other U.S. states with high levels of arsenic in their wells and ground water.
  • We also have advised the Mexican government on soft drink and food labeling policies and strategies to reduce the burgeoning obesity epidemic in that country.
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Central and South America/Caribbean Islands

Our work on Hispanic and Latino health spans North, Central and South America, and our faculty members have established important research, teaching and service partnerships. Read More

  • We are building research and teaching capacity in universities across Chile, Colombia and other Latin American countries.
  • We are major contributors to work on environmental and human health in the Galapagos, through a partnership between UNC-Chapel Hill and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador.
  • A Drink For Tomorrow, a student group initiated at the Gillings School, works with the local water board in Las Cocas, Peru, to develop a sustainable and sanitary water system. Engineers without Borders student projects have established long-term solar and water projects in several countries in Central and South America.
  • Faculty members who work with the Mathile Institute in Honduras are testing a ready-to-eat complementary food’s efficacy in improving the growth and development of infants and toddlers.
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