Diversity and Inclusion

New graduates walk from their commencement ceremonies to a gathering in the Armfield Atrium.

Diversity and Inclusion at the Gillings School

At the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, we cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment to better prepare our students for the diverse world that awaits them – a world that seeks culturally competent people to serve as its leaders.

When we embrace the socio-economic, physical, cultural, racial and ethnic differences of our students, faculty and staff, we enrich the quality of coursework, classroom discussions, research and practice within the School and beyond.

Explore the Gillings School, and you will find this perspective evident in our:

  • Research priorities, courses, curricula, programs and special offerings;
  • Student organizations and activities;
  • Community and organizational partnerships; and
  • Efforts to recruit and support excellent students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
Mission Driven

Diversity and inclusion are central to our mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world.

Find out more about our School’s commitment to diversity, including:

Diversity statement (2011).

Equal Employment Opportunity statement (2012).

SPH2020: Our strategic plan (2010).

Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce report (2011).


At the Gillings School, we train a diverse group of dedicated students to become world-class leaders and researchers.

Discover more about our research, training and outreach aimed at overcoming disparities:

UNC Program on Ethnicity, Culture and Health Outcomes (ECHO)

Minority Health Conference

Minority Health Project

Diversity Outreach, Recruitment and Programs


At the Gillings School, you will recognize our commitment to:

  • Respectful, welcoming classroom environments for all;
  • Student colleagues from diverse backgrounds;
  • Understanding and working with people from diverse cultures and communities; and
  • Diversity outreach and recruitment with the next generation of potential public health leaders.

Celebrating 75 years! Since 1940, UNC’s school of public health has been a standard-bearer for social justice and equity in health.