Research at Gillings
Research at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is an essential part of its teaching mission.
The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School is committed to research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem solving. We aim to achieve significant public health impact from the Well to the World™. Our strategic themes focus on: delivering proven solutions faster (implementation science); enabling healthy people and a healthy planet; promoting health, preventing disease and improving care for all; and harnessing big data for health and well-being. Across our themes are two foundations: a focus on eliminating health inequities and a commitment to improving health locally and globally.
Along with a $50 million gift from Dennis and Joan Gillings in 2007, the strength of the research enterprise at UNC Gillings is underpinned by an outstanding record of competing for, and being awarded, externally sponsored grants and contracts.
• Gillings School PI’s received $209.5 million in external funding last year, our highest achievement to date.
• On average, each faculty PI received $1.2 million in grant funding during FY17.
• For the 3rd year in a row, the Gillings School is the top-ranked School of Public Health for NIH funding ($65.5 million, 107 awards), and number three overall.
• Gillings research is conducted in all 100 NC counties, all 50 U.S. States and in 82 countries spanning 6 continents.
• Among our research strengths, we work to prevent and control cancer, bend the obesity curve, increase access to safe, clean drinking water, and eliminate health inequities for all, at all stages of life.