Student Life at UNC Gillings

The annual student-run Gillings Games is an Olympic-style field day with a series of relay and team events.

Welcome to the Top Public School of Public Health!


Find the right degree program for you with the Gillings Program Search (GPS) tool.

Your future starts here.

At the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, we develop public health leaders and real-world problem-solvers. Our collaborative learning environment challenges students to become effective, innovative researchers, policy makers, educators and public health professionals who anticipate future problems and work to accelerate practical solutions to those problems. Through classroom instruction and work in the field, our students learn to solve the greatest public health challenges in North Carolina and around the globe.

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill is walkable, eclectic, safe, affordable, diverse and green. Our students love the temperate weather and easy access to activities on the coast and in the mountains. Explore the Life in Chapel Hill page for more information.

School Events

UNC Gillings and its departments sponsor many public lectures, seminars and many other events for our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. The SPH Events Calendar provides up-to-date School information and is available available for iCal, Google Calendar and other apps.

How to Apply

Each of our programs has a different set of criteria, application expectations and even application deadlines. Check the How to Apply page or explore academic programs with the Gillings Program Search (GPS) tool.


The School’s YouTube page features videos of social gatherings, program events and student engagement.

Facts and Figures

Visit our Gillings Facts page to download information about the School.
Visit the UNC-Chapel Hill Facts and Figures page to view campus-wide information.


First among schools of public health at public universities by U.S. News & World Report (ranked in 2015 for the 2016 edition) and tied for second among all schools of public health. [See more national rankings.]

Strategic initiatives

Global health
Health disparities

School funding

$127.2 million (fiscal year 2014)
20 percent from state funds

Total research awards to school faculty

$145 million (fiscal year 2014)

Average external funding per tenure/tenure-track faculty member

$900,000 (fiscal year 2014)

Full-time faculty members

220 (fall 2014)

Full-time staff members

325 (fall 2014)

Student enrollment

1,650 (fall 2014)
Includes distance education students and those enrolled in certificate programs

Student demographics
(fall 2013)

61 percent N.C. residents
10 percent international students
37 percent minorities
25 percent distance learners

Number of N.C. counties in which we work

All 100

Number of countries in which we work


The School was founded in 1940 as the fourth school of public health in the U.S. and the first at a state university.


It is one of 51 schools and 102 programs of public health in the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico that are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

In-state tuition

$11,109–$15,109 per year for a full-time graduate student in 2013-2014. In addition, there may be departmental fees (PDF).

Out-of-state tuition

$27,563–$31,563 per year for a full-time graduate student in 2013-2014. In addition, there may be departmental fees (PDF).