Get Involved

Gillings students: involved, committed and making a difference

ESE doctoral student Patsy Polston (right, in orange) works on a health education project in India.

ESE doctoral student Patsy Polston (right, in orange) works on a health education project in India.


Want to know how SPH faculty, staff and students apply their expertise? Find out about our service efforts throughout North Carolina and around the world.

Interested in cultivating the next generation of public health professionals? Get involved with introducing high school students and undergraduates to public health through the School’s outreach initiatives.

Want to learn more about our service organizations and student groups? Join us for the annual SPH Student Activities Fair  in September (look for it on our Events and Announcements page! It’s like speed dating for volunteers!

Global Groups

A Drink for Tomorrow (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Student Chapter)
Raises awareness for the lack of access to clean, safe water around the globe; raises funds for clean water projects.

The Daniel A. Okun Chapter of Engineers without Borders
Facilitates UNC student involvement in international engineering and health projects approved by Engineers without Borders-USA.

GlobeMed (UNC Student Chapter)
Fosters student leadership and awareness through a partnership with Raising the Village, an NGO in rural Uganda, to help alleviate poverty through community based development.

Student Global Health Committee
Creates awareness of and finds solutions for health issues that affect populations around the world by creating opportunities for education, advocacy and service.

Discipline Specific Groups

UNC Biostatistics Student Organization
Offers volunteer, social and educational activities for biostatistics undergrads and graduate students.

Environmental Sciences and Engineering Student Organization (ENVR-SO)
All ENVR students are invited to join this organization for social and professional interaction, as well as discussions to help evolve the department.

Epidemiology Student Organization (ESO)
Offers academic support, social support and community involvement. Open to all Epidemiology students.

HPM Master’s Student Council
Provides students with opportunities to get involved with other students, faculty, professionals and members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community through service, social activities, professional development and more.

Team Epi-Aid
An award winning volunteer group, provides students with hands-on public health experience in outbreak investigations and other public health emergencies; provides North Carolina’s local and state health departments with needed surge capacity.

Diversity and Inclusion

Health Sciences LGBTQ Alliance
An association of students, faculty and staff from the schools of the health sciences at UNC working to promote the health and well-being of people in LGBTQ communities.

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students at UNC (undergraduates)
The undergraduate leg of the Student National Medical Association at the UNC School of Medicine. Provides students, usually from underrepresented backgrounds, with resources and support toward successfully becoming the health professional of their choice.

Minority Student Caucus (MSC)
Advocates for issues of concern to students of color in the School and promotes research and programs aimed at addressing public health issues that particularly affect people of color. Open to students of color and anyone else interested in supporting the MSC mission.

Various SPH Groups

Academy Health
A leading, non-partisan resource for the best in health research and policy. Provides students with professional development as health services researchers, policy analysts and practitioners.

Carolina Breastfeeding: Evidence-based Education and Support
Evidence-based advocacy, training and community education opportunities to support breastfeeding on campus, locally, nationally and globally.

Carolina Center for Public Service
Carolina’s clearinghouse for students and faculty to explore service opportunities, learn new skills and find ways to link academic endeavors to activities that make a difference in communities across North Carolina.

Healthcare Improvement Group
Provides a collaborative venue for professional health sciences students to gain fundamental knowledge and skills in healthcare quality and process improvement.

Health Executives Student Association
Provides students with professional development and networking opportunities, including an annual trip to the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress in Chicago.

NC-HCAP Health Careers Club (undergraduates)
Promotes awareness and interest in health professions, provides opportunities for engagement in service projects and helps prepare members to successfully apply to graduate degree programs.

Student Health Action Coalition (SHAC)
Provides free health services to local underserved individuals and communities; partners with communities to develop and implement sustainable programs.

The School of Public Health’s Student Government (SPH-SG) disseminates information, supports student-initiated projects, and represents the concerns of public health students to the faculty, staff and university community. Membership is comprised of all students registered within all departments of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. SPH-SG is actively involved in community projects and its members serve on a variety of advisory boards and committees at the School and University.

Connect with your SPH-SG representatives:
For more information, visit the SPH Student Goverment page.


Explore other opportunities for engagement with any of UNC’s 600+ campus-wide student organizations.

Advising from the assistant dean for students

As the official faculty advisor for several organizations (e.g., SPH Student Government and the Minority Student Caucus), Mrs. Sims Evans provides regular mentorship and advice to some student organizations. She also advises other groups, as needed.

Copies and supplies

Student organizations may use the OSA copier to generate publicity and other event materials. Occasionally, they may also use office supplies. Copies can be made free of charge. Please adhere to the following copying guidelines:

  •  200 black and white/front to back copies per event
  • Hours to copy 8:30 to 9:30 and 3:30 to 4:30
  • Services may not be available if staff is unable to assist students
  • No brochures or manuals
  • Photo copies only

Poster Printing (for current SPH students only)

Funding Sources

Sakai site

Any student leader involved with one of these organizations may belong to the accompanying Sakai site, which features links to resources, contact information for each organization and other important information for student organizations.


Leadership workshops are offered for officers in public health-related student organizations. Attendance is optional.
•    Student leaders network with each other, share and learn best practices for managing events and student organizations, funding sources, meet school leadership and more.
•    Any student leader involved with one of these organizations may belong to an accompanying Sakai site, which features links to resources, contact information for each organization and other important information for student organizations.