Global is Local
At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, global is local and local is global.
In fact, one of the School’s three cross-cutting strategic themes is to imbue a local and global focus in its research, teaching, and practice activities.
We work in all 100 North Carolina counties and in over 80 countries. At UNC Gillings, we work collaboratively with local and regional partners and around the world to seek transformative solutions to improve local and global health. As part of these efforts, Global Health Solutions promotes and advances the School’s global health activities in research, service, practice and teaching through partnerships, internships, outreach and communications. Likewise, the North Carolina Institute for Public Health works with local partners to deliver training, conduct research, link students to local projects and practica, and provide community outreach and technical assistance to transform the practice of public health within North Carolina.
Global/local classroom. Global and local content and approaches are infused across our courses, programs and degrees. The Gillings MPH Core curriculum features a globalized curriculum. In addition, graduate students can enroll in the residential graduate certificate in global health.
Experiential learning in North Carolina, across the United States and around the world. Opportunities for local and global internships, practica and research projects provide Gillings School students with mentored, real-world experiences in North Carolina or internationally. Our students make a difference even while earning a degree.
Practice and service. Gillings School students from every department engage in dozens of volunteer organizations. Recent efforts include projects completed by the Daniel A. Okun Chapter of Engineers without Borders, which helped improve water distribution in Peru, water quality and sanitation conditions in Moldovan schools; and access to clean public water in Orange County, North Carolina.
Solving problems. Our students use their time here to solve real-world problems. Seven Gillings School students received The Graduate School’s Impact Awards in 2016. Many have won awards and national recognition for tools, products and programs that protect and improve health.
Creating leaders. Our students graduate with the education and skills to become global leaders. Alumni from the Gillings School hold influential positions in the U.S. and internationally with academic, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including CDC, NIH, WHO, Care, RTI International, FHI360, local and state health departments, health ministries around the world and more. Find out more about the career paths our graduates have pursued.
Global Health Solutions promotes and advances the School’s global health activities in research, service, practice and teaching through partnerships, internships, outreach and communications.
The Gillings School is committed to public health service and practice in North Carolina, the nation and around the world. The North Carolina Institute for Public Health is the outreach arm for the School, a bridge that links the School to North Carolina and the world.