Public Health at Gillings

Public health means... quantifying data on food consumption and availability to prevent obesity.
Public health means... finding cures for SARS and other noro viruses.
Public health means... developing new biostatistics methods so clinical trials can be completed faster.
Public health means... creating responsive solutions to drug misuse and overdoses.
Public health means... leading HIV and AIDS research, treatment and outreach.
Public health means... training first responders to be effective.

At Gillings, public health also means…

  • Solving potable water access and sanitation problems.
  • Pioneering new efforts to prevent and control cancer.
  • Preventing diabetes, asthma, HIV, cardiovascular disease, premature births, traumatic brain injuries, interpersonal violence.
  • Improving health care quality and access.
  • Reducing health disparities.
  • Working with communities to solve problems they identify.
  • Educating physicians and other providers to infuse a public health approach into their work.
  • Innovating ways to prevent and treat obesity in children and adults.
  • And much more.

Public Health (noun) \pǝb lik·helth\: The science and art of protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, and research for disease and injury prevention (Association of Schools of Public Health, 2012).

Public health helps improve the health and well being of people in local communities and around the globe.

Public health works to prevent problems before they occur.


A nutrition student works in Dr. Steve Zeisel’s lab at the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI).

At Gillings, we offer our students the training, skills and mentoring to become world renowned public health scientists, leaders, creative problem solvers and coalition builders, all with the know-how to help create healthier communities here in North Carolina, across the U.S. and around the world. Our graduates make a world of difference.