Diversity Outreach, Recruitment and Programs

Students mingle at the 2012 Partnership Program Networking Event.

Students mingle at the 2012 Partnership Program Networking Event.




The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is committed to the diversity of our students, faculty and staff and the reduction of health disparities in the world around us. 

In the spirit of this commitment, faculty, staff and students throughout the School seek to foster an environment that attracts a diverse group of top-notch students and helps them to thrive.

On behalf of UNC Gillings, our staff engages in activities and services to attract qualified students with diverse backgrounds, including under-represented minority and international students.

Interested in organizing a visit to UNC-Gillings or having a School representative attend your event?
We visit K-12 schools and colleges across NC to get the word out about public health as a profession. Public health is now one of the top 10 majors in the U.S.
Trinnette Cooper
Coordinator, Diversity Programs and Recruitment

Who we reach out to: We create and support presentations, events and other activities to encourage the public health interests of students and professionals at all levels of education and experience, including events and activities that reach:

  • Elementary, middle and high school students;
  • Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students;
  • Recent graduates;
  • Working professionals; and
  • K-12 and higher education counselors, advisers and faculty.

What we do, and where we go, to reach youThroughout the year, student services staff, faculty and students participate in activities with hundreds of diverse students and professionals. We attend, participate in, organize and lead:

  • School and class presentations about public health fields, academics, careers and admission to schools of public health
  • Panels focused on health careers and schools
  • Career and college fairs
  • Open houses, diversity orientation, and informational meetings
  • Presentations, tours and group activities for participants in a variety of summer programs
  • Individual consultations/meetings with prospective students

Interested in organizing a visit to UNC-Gillings? Would you like to have a School representative attend your event or program? We are here to help. Please contact us at sph-osa@unc.edu.

Upcoming Recruitment Events


  • 28th – Idealist Fair, Washington, DC


  • 5th –  SOPHAS Virtual Fair
  • 6th – Winston-Salem State University Career Expo, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 7th – SOPHAS Virtual Fair
  • 12th – NC A&T State University Graduate & Professional School Day, Greensboro, NC
  • 12th – 14th – Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, San Antonio, TX
  • 13th – Bennett College Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, Greensboro, NC
  • 15th – 19th – American Public Health Association Conference, New Orleans, LA


  • 18th – UNC-Greensboro Spring Career Expo, Greensboro, NC
  • 20th – United Negro College Fund National Leadership Conference Career Readiness Day, Charlotte, NC


  • 25th – This Is Public Health Graduate School Fair, FHI 360 in Dupont Circle Washington, D.C. (The event is free but attendees must pre-register:http://aspph.ennect.com/events/2015TIPH-DC)
  • 26th – UNC- Pembroke Career Expo, Pembroke, NC


  • 10th – UNC-Charlotte Spring Expo, Charlotte, NC

Interested in finding information on in-state, regional schools, and national recruiting conferences our School attends? Contact Trinnette Cooper, Coordinator of Diversity Programs and Recruitment at coopert@email.unc.edu.


Project IMHOTEP is an eleven-week internship designed to increase the knowledge and skills of juniors and seniors and recent graduates of an undergraduate institution in biostatistics, epidemiology, and occupational safety and health. It features:

  • Two weeks of intense training at Morehouse College that provides interns with academic coursework and information necessary to complete the program;
  • Nine weeks of hands-on public health research experience with experts at UNC-Gillings that also includes
  • Seminars, workshops and other educational initiatives;
  • Research support and consultation in data analysis and other project requirements; and
  • Community service related to the research.

Selection process. The selection process for Project IMHOTEP is very rigorous and extremely competitive. Only serious, self-motivated and disciplined students should apply. Candidates should have a demonstrable interest in pursuing a public health career, with a particular emphasis in biostatistics, epidemiology, or occupational safety and health. 


  • Eligibility: College juniors, seniors and recent graduates..
  • Questions? Contact Trinnette Cooper, Coordinator for Diversity Programs and Recruitment, at coopert@email.unc.edu. 



Partners Program:
Summer research opportunities for NCCU and UNC-Chapel Hill undergrads

The Partners Program aims to increase the number of undergraduates from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and UNC-Chapel Hill who successfully pursue careers devoted to finding causes, cures, and prevention strategies for cancer that disproportionately affect minorities, particularly African Americans.

To do this, leaders from NCCU and the UNC-Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) are working together to lay the groundwork for an inter-institutional training program for undergraduates who are motivated to pursue careers in basic cancer research and in public health.

The SPH Office of Student Affairs coordinates summer research opportunities with LCCC and NCCU students.

Minority Health Conference

Launched by the Schools Minority Student Caucus (MSC) in 1997 and supported by the Office of Student Affairs, the annual Minority Health Conference is the oldest – and largest – student-run conference in the country. Its planning committee is composed of representatives of its sponsors, including:

  • the Minority Student Caucus
  • the SPH Dean’s Office
  • the NC Institute of Public Health
  • the Minority Health Project
  • student volunteers

The conference is co-sponsored by various organizations in and outside the University.

21st National Health Equity Research Webcast

Each year, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Office Of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and partners collaborate to highlight an emerging issue within health disparities through a live-streamed symposium. This year, the webcast topic is Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention. Presentations will be followed with an interactive question-and-answer segment, and the expert presenters are listed below:


  • Frank Perez: National Director, Cure Violence; Lifelong Resident of Chicago
  • Leon T. Andrews, Jr.: Senior Fellow, National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families
  • Nia Wilson: Executive Director, SpiritHouse; Moderator



Summer Public Health Symposium

Open to high school students, this program exposes participants to the general field of public health while enabling them to explore individual leadership styles. Students will gain an understanding of what it means to be a public health leader while applying those leadership skills to various public health issues that directly impact their communities and schools. Students will also focus on public health research initiatives focused on Eliminating Health Disparities, Accelerating Global Water Solutions, Overcoming Obesity, and Conquering Cancer.


  • Eligibility: All North Carolina high school students
  • Application deadline: Deadline has passed – please apply in 2016 if you missed this deadline.

For more information, contact Trinnette Cooper at coopert@email.unc.edu or (919)966-5294.

The School relies on internal and external partners to maximize the breadth and impact of our outreach and recruitment initiatives. We welcome new opportunities to work with organizations interested in supporting minority students as they pursue careers in health professions, particularly public health. Please contact us at sph-osa@unc.edu with your ideas on how we can best work with you.  Our current partners include: