Student Life at UNC Gillings
Welcome to the Top Public School of Public Health!
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 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.
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.
The School’s YouTube page features videos of social gatherings, program events and student engagement.
Facts and Figures
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.]
$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)
1,650 (fall 2014)
Includes distance education students and those enrolled in certificate programs
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
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.
$11,109–$15,109 per year for a full-time graduate student in 2013-2014. In addition, there may be departmental fees (PDF).
$27,563–$31,563 per year for a full-time graduate student in 2013-2014. In addition, there may be departmental fees (PDF).