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Public health leaders are trained here!

Public health leaders are trained here!

A world-class education at the Gillings School equips students to become future leaders in their fields. Global and local content and approaches are infused across our courses, programs and degrees. The Gillings Global Gateway™ integrates and promotes global health opportunities throughout the School. The office oversees the Residential Graduate Certificate in Global Health, supports student groups, such as the Student Global Health Committee and GlobeMed, administers paid global internships,provides access to global alumni mentors, and aims to help international students feel at home quickly in the Gillings School community.

UNC Gillings School students planning to travel internationally to fulfill academic requirements (conduct research, participate in practice experiences, or otherwise fulfill an academic requirement) must complete ALL 5 travel requirements before leaving the United States.

Required International Travel Checklist for Students- Complete all 5 steps before leaving

1. Review the UNC-Chapel Hill Travel Policy.
2. Review the Study, Travel and Research in Countries under US State Department Warnings webpage to determine the risk level of the country you intend to travel to   for academic purposes.
3. Register all international travel, including study abroad, exchange programs, internships, service programs and research projects through UNC Global Travel RegistryPlease remember to mark your trip affiliation with the Gillings School of Global Public Health when registering your travel.
4. UNC students must obtain Medical Evacuation Insurance from the UNC Office of Risk Management. Contact Janet Hoernke.
5. Complete an original, signed General Travel Waiver: Submit an original, signed general travel waiver (open pdf file) to the Gillings Global Gateway™ (104 Rosenau).

For further information about these UNC travel requirements please contact

Find more useful travel information here.

Health and Safety Information

Research Ethics Overseas

If you plan to conduct research abroad, you and your adviser must be certified in research ethics and you must submit an IRB application and receive approval well in advance of your trip. Visit the website for the UNC Office of Human Research Ethics.

Mentor Spotlight
Megan E. Parker is a nutrition research officer in the Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition Division at PATH. Her research focuses on infant and young child feeding practices and care, HIV and PMTCT, child growth, and behavior change communication.
The Gillings School has produced many extremely successful alumni over the years. Our alumni are global leaders in the academic, government, private and non profit sectors, and a degree from UNC’s public health school was a critical building block in their careers.  They tell us that they feel an enduring connection and loyalty to the School.  They received a lot of support while they were here, and want to “pay it forward.”

The Global Alumni Mentors program is one way in which our public health alumni and friends can mentor current students, reconnect with the Gillings School student experience and help build the next generation of global health leaders.  This program is only offered to current Gillings students.

List of Global Alumni Mentors

Gillings students may contact the mentors directly.

The Gillings School offers a list of volunteer Global Alumni Mentors as a service to current students. The Gillings School does not make representations about the qualifications of Global Alumni Mentors or any assistance they may offer to students. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Gillings School are not responsible for interactions or communications between Global Alumni Mentors and students. Any questions or concerns about the Global Alumni Mentors program should be directed to Naya Villarreal, Program Coordinator, 919-843-5491.

The Global Alumni Mentors program is in its early stages of development.  To learn more about becoming a global mentor, please email

The Gillings Global Gateway™ has gathered career development and support materials to assist students interested in pursuing a career in global health.  Below are some links that might be useful for a job search or career development.

Global Offerings

Some of the global offerings of The Gillings School are two Certificates in Global Health, an online MPH with a Global Health track, and the Gillings Global Implementation Lab.

Internships & Funding

The Gillings Global Gateway™ helps administer several funded global internships and fellowships.  Learn more about these and other opportunities.

Photo by UNC SPH; Anand Aprajita
International Students

Review opportunities and resources for our current and prospective international students.