Welcome to. . . SPH2020

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Imagining the Future of Our School


In September 2010, faculty, staff, students alumni and friends of UNC-Gillings shared their knowledge, ideas, dreams and visions for what the School should be like in the year 2020.

Dean Barbara K. Rimer wrote Wake Up: It’s 2020 (PDF) to get people thinking concretely about the future.

Via virtual and in-person communications, people gave us their expectations for the School in 2020. Participants wrote, commented and voted on comments in 10 thought categories, which were then grouped into eight.

SPH2020, Thought Categories, 2010

Following that effort, leaders at the School coalesced these thought categories even further and have taken significant strides in moving towards the aspirations expressed through the 2010 visioning process. Read on to find out more!

Diversity and Inclusion: Key actions and achievements, 2010-Present

Past winners of the Annual Fund gather in the Armfield Atrium. The Fund provides scholarship assistance to students in all of the School's eight academic departments and programs.

Past winners of the Annual Fund gather in the Armfield Atrium. The Fund provides scholarship assistance to students in all of the School’s eight academic departments and programs.

  • Diversity and Inclusion Task Force (DITF) convened (Fall 2010); offers key recommendations (Spring 2011).
  • Dean’s Council, Department Chairs approve and post a diversity statement and a strengthened EEO statement to SPH website (Fall 2011, Spring 2012).
  • Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, Clinical Professor and Director of Multicultural Affairs at the School of Nursing, is appointed Diversity Champion for UNC-Gillings. (September 2012).
  • Awards processes for the School are updated (Spring 2012).
  • Diversity recruitment specialist, Ms. Trinnette Cooper, is hired to support our diversity, outreach and recruitment programs (Spring 2012). She strengthens pipepline programs, including through the Summer Public Health Symposium for high school students (2012-present); Project IMHOTEP for juniors and seniors; and through outreach at precollege, college and professional levels.
  • School makes modest gains in student, staff and faculty diversity in Fall 2012 and again in Fall 2013).
  • Admissions practices across departments reviewed (Spring 2013); each department adopts at least one new promising practices for the Fall 2013 admissions season.
  • Increased coordination across units around student recruitment (AY 2013-14)
  • The School’s Office of Student Affairs receives support from the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund to extend pipeline programs (2013).
  • School pilots the Ambassadors’ Program (Fall 2013), a training program for faculty, students and staff aimed at strengthening their recruitment skills. Full roll-out planned for Fall 2014.
  • Curriculum options expand:
    • School rolls out SPHG 690: Leading for Racial Equity (Fall 2014); graduate students from the UNC Schools of Public Health, Law, Business, Social Work, Information and Library Science, Nursing, plus the department of exercise and sports science enroll and community members enroll.
    • School continues to sponsor HBEH 705/HPM 707, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: A population perspective;
    • School continues to support other courses focused on health disparities, including PUBH 756, Addressing Health Inequalities in the U.S. HPM 522, Aging, Family and Long-Term Care: Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Issues; and EPID 799, Social Justice and Equality: In search of John Cassel’s epidemiology.
  • School increases transparency of diversity through:
    • A new suite of web pages.
    • The Gillings Program Search (GPS) tool, an online search mechanism featuring standardized information about all program across the School. Each program profile features up-to-date diversity data.
    • Student, faculty and staff diversity metrics reported and discussed thrice annually at each meeting of the School’s senior leadership (Dean’s Council).

Revenue Generation: Key actions and achievements: 2010-Present

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  • Revenue Generation Task Force convened (Fall 2010); offers key recommendations (Spring 2011);
  • The School’s Research and Innovation Solutions group develops intellectual property training program (Spring 2012)
  • Under the leadership of Bryan Weiner, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management, UNC-Gillings establishes the Consortium on Implementation Science with RTI International (May 2013). The Consortium aims to maximize the School’s research capacity in implementation science while building a key partnership. Researchers involved with the Consortium have submitted several major grants since inception.

Global School: Key actions and achievements, 2010-Present

  • Global School Task Force convened, Spring 2011; recommends creation of the “Gillings Global Gateway” to integrate, organize and promote the School’s global activities (Executive Summary, September 2012).
  • Global School Implementation Committee conducts focus group with faculty and students from across the School to identify key issues, concerns and priority areas; develops pragmatic, phased implementation plan (Executive Summary, June 2013; complete Final Report, May 2013).
  • Barbara (Bobbi) Wallace, MPH, named Interim Executive Director; Peggy Bentley, PhD, Chamblee Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, continues as Associate Dean of Global Health (June 2013); search for permanent director underway.
  • Taskforce on Global Strategic Partnerships develops recommendations on priorities and processes for selecting and investing in global partners (report pending).
  • Gillings Global Gateway sponsors the Global Healthy Aging Summit (February 2014) with partners at Cambridge University, MIT Age Lab, and Carol Woods Retirement Community; initiates efforts to develop a global aging and technology collaborative (ongoing).
  • Development of global online MPH underway.


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Teaching and Learning: Key actions and achievements, 2010-Present


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  • Fall seminar series on new directions in teaching and technology launched, sustained (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Call for proposal released to fund creation or redesign of interdisciplinary public health courses and/or new approaches to teaching (2012). Six funded:
    • revamped core course in Health Behavior
    • new course on diet, physical activity, smoking and obesity
    • new course on public health entrepreneurship
    • seed funds for interdisciplinary course in Health Policy
    • seed funds for the Gillings Global Health Implementation Lab
  • Three different classrooms, plus common areas, newly redesigned to feature latest learning technologies, including expanded capacity for collaborative learning (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014). New classrooms now the most popular teaching spaces in the SPH
  • Celebrate Teaching month held annually in February (2012, 2013)
    • Sessions on innovative teaching methods
    • Teaching excellence awards, one per department, based on students’ votes
  • Course evaluation measures to see whether we’re succeeding in meeting our SPH2020 teaching and learning objectives

Interested in finding out more about the origin and evolution of SPH2020?

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