Coordinated Engagement and Events

We provide a number of coordinated events, field trips and service opportunities to support connections between students, faculty, staff and community partners working to improve public health.

Whether you are looking to explore local and global public health practice, connect to service and research opportunities to improve public health, or join together in School and nationwide celebrations of public health, we look forward to connecting with you throughout the academic year.


Fall PHield Trips

Offered early in the fall semester, the PHield Trip experience provides a way for students, faculty and staff to connect with public health partners throughout the community. Once you register, we handle all the logistics, from organizing transportation to the organization and back to the School and facilitating networking opportunities with public health partners.

Gillings School Practicum Day: Reflections from the Field

An annual celebration of our partnerships across departments throughout the world as students, faculty, staff and community partners participate in a showcase of the year’s practica. All sessions take place throughout the Gillings School. Three Impact in Practice Awards are presented to an outstanding student, faculty member and community partner/preceptor, based on nominations.

Public Health Thank You Day

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, the Gillings School joins Research!America and leading public health organizations to take time and recognize public health professionals who work tirelessly every day to protect us from disease, injury, and other health threats. From the ordinary to the extraordinary, these heroes keep our drinking water safe, air clean and children healthy.

National Public Health Week

During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For over 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is a proud partner.