About us

The Research and Innovation Solutions team supports all departments and programs at the School of Public Health. We promote faculty and student research, manage programs funded by the Gillings Gift, and nurture entrepreneurship. Please feel free to Contact Us for more information.



Innovation Lab principal investigator Will Vizuete displays a portable pollution chamber

Our faculty, staff, and students are helping to solve some of the most pressing health problems in North Carolina and worldwide by conducting research in areas such as cancer, water and environment, global health, health disparities, and obesity.
See research stories and maps of where we work. Search for experts or collaborators using REACH NC.

Gillings gift accelerates public health solutions

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The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health received a $50 million gift from Dennis Gillings and Joan Gillings, providing our School with critical resources to anticipate emerging public health challenges, accelerate solutions, and improve people’s lives across North Carolina and around the world.
Accelerating sustainable solutions through innovation laboratories
Competitively-selected funded research, teaching and practice projects.
Promoting change through leadership and engagement
Gillings Visiting Professors and executives in residence promote leadership and develop leaders.

Investing in studentsSPH student in the Styblo Innovation Lab

The gift supports students through scholarships, awards and curricular innovations, in addition to opportunities to participate in innovation labs and to interact with visiting professors and executives in residence.

Extending impact through strategic investments
Examples include support for the Water Institute at UNC and targeted support of the School’s strategic initiatives.
We take innovations, programs, and solutions to scale. Read these stories.


Anticipate. Accelerate