Global is Local -

At UNC Gillings, global is local and local is global.

Doctoral student Alice Wang worked with her mentor, Dr. Mark Sobsey, to commercialize Aquagenx, an inexpensive device to test water in the field for contamination.

Doctoral student Alice Wang worked with her mentor, Dr. Mark Sobsey, to commercialize Aquagenx, an inexpensive device to test water in the field for contamination. Faculty and students from across the School are working to improve water access and safety in North Carolina and around the world.

We work in all 100 North Carolina counties and 55 countries. Lessons learned in North Carolina and around the world are applied  in North Carolina and around the world.

Global/local classroom. Global and local content and approaches are infused across our courses, programs and degrees.

  • Some courses focus largely on global issues; others focus mostly on domestic issues; still others have been globalized so that global/local issues are intertwined.
  • Most programs feature opportunities for global focus and international experiences.
  • Many programs give students the opportunity to enroll in our online or graduate global health certificate program.

Experiential learning in NC, across the U.S. and around the world.  Opportunities for local and global internships, practica, and research projects provide Gillings students with mentored, real-world experiences in North Carolina or internationally. Our students make a difference even while earning a degree.

Practice and service. UNC Gillings students from every department engage in dozens of volunteer organizations. Recent efforts include projects completed by the UNC chapter of Engineers without Borders (EWB-USA), which helped improve:

  • water distribution in Peru
  • water quality and sanitation conditions in Moldovan schools
  • access to clean public water in Orange County, North Carolina

Find out more about how to access opportunities in North Carolina and around the world through our Gillings Global Gateway and our North Carolina Institute for Public Health!

Gillings Global Gateway

The Gillings Global Gateway coordinates global health activities at UNC Gillings and actively supports faculty, staff and students in their efforts to improve the health of the world’s populations and facilitates interdisciplinary global health research, teaching and practice across all departments and programs in the School.

NC Institute for Public Health

UNC Gillings is committed to public health service and practice in North Carolina, the nation and around the world. The North Carolina Institute of Public Health is the outreach arm for the School, a bridge that links UNC Gillings to North Carolina and the world.

Solving problems. Our students use their time here to solve real-world problems. Thirteen of UNC’s 39 North Carolina Impact Awards went to UNC Gillings students in 2013. 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 UNC Gillings hold influential positions in the U.S. and internationally with academic, governmental and non-governmental 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 career paths our grads have pursued!