To our prospective students: a message from the dean

Dr. Barbara K. Rimer with students

Dr. Barbara K. Rimer with HPM graduating students

Students in the Nutrition lab

Thank you for visiting our School, one of America’s top schools of public health and the top public school of public health. Students are #1 here! Check out our GPS to learn more about our programs.

Solving problems: We are passionate about solving the world’s greatest health threats and challenges in North Carolina and around the world. We anticipate future health threats and challenges and accelerate improved public health solutions. Our faculty members are some of the most talented teachers, researchers and scholars anywhere. Yet, they are accessible and committed to students.


SPH diversity

School’s diversity


A great education at good value: If you come here, we’ll work with you to get an education second to none at a value that can’t be matched. We’re one of the most affordable schools in the U.S. Some schools may offer larger scholarships, but that’s partly because their tuitions are so high. You’ll be part of a vibrant global health program, have some of the most motivated, competent and committed students in the world as your peers and the chance to make a difference, even while in school. You’ll benefit from being in a strong department embedded in one of the very top schools of public health.

Allison Myers, co-founder of Counter Tobacco

One of the School’s new collaborative spaces

Life-changing opportunities: Our students have life-changing opportunities to be part of research and practice teams, in North Carolina and globally. They get practical experience working on mentored projects across North Carolina and around the world. Students follow their dreams, whether it is going to India (check out students’ blogs from India) or starting a new business. Our students also benefit from many resources in the Research Triangle area, including our close relationships with organizations, like IntraHealth International, FHI 360, Quintiles and RTI, which create exciting opportunities for students.



Minority Health Conference




Alice Wang, co-founder of Aquagenx

Amazing students: Our students are doing amazing work and having fun. A few examples:

  • This year’s Minority Health Conference was a huge success. It remains the largest and longest running student-led minority health conference anywhere.
  • Students created GillingsX to showcase innovation across the SPH.
  • Gillings’ students are entrepreneurs.



Armfield Atrium

They get jobs: Our students get jobs when they graduate. Fewer than 5% are still looking 6 months after graduation. Recent graduates worked on water and sanitation systems in Cambodia, India and the Dominican Republic, solar projects in Mexico and Peru, hospital settings in North Carolina, maternal and child health projects in Mexico and Africa, AIDS research in Africa and cancer prevention research in North Carolina. Some even started their own businesses and nonprofit organizations. Our alumni are employed by universities, government organizations, NGOs and businesses across North Carolina and around the world.


Students study in the Atrium.

State-of-the-art facilities: Our state-of-the-art research facilities are nestled in one of the most beautiful, tree-lined campuses in the country. Once you have felt the warmth of the brilliant, Carolina blue sky, in February, it is hard to imagine being anywhere else.

Here to help: Please explore our School and call or e-mail us with your questions. Check out our GPS for information about our degrees and programs. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Charletta Sims-Evans, assistant dean for student affairs; the student services manager in the department to which you applied or email me at


SPH students work in a collaborative space.

Whether you choose to join us or another school, best wishes for success and impact on your journey to become a public health leader. The world needs you.


Barbara K. Rimer
Blog: Monday Morning