Gillings School of Global Public Health

Welcome to the No. 1 public school of public health — and No. 2 overall.

Impact and Initiatives


At the Gillings School, we are impatient for change that improves public health. Our research strengths focus on urgent challenges to generate tomorrow’s solutions today. Our researchers provide teaching and training opportunities for students while catalyzing a collaborative, creative environment for the world’s top scientists to discover, test and implement solutions to health threats and problems.
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Practice and Service

Public health practice is the application of our public health training and expertise to inform, assess, develop, implement, evaluate and/or lead policies, programs and interventions. It focuses on, but is not limited to, building capacity, developing the workforce and other activities done with communities and organizations to improve the public’s health. Practice efforts are characterized by a strong commitment to developing and sustaining trusted, bi-directional relationships and to achieving health equity.
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Global Health

At the Gillings School, we work in all 100 North Carolina counties and in 35+ countries. Local and global health content infuses our courses and degrees. Through partnerships at home and abroad, our students and faculty transform health around the world and in our backyard.
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We take to heart the Innovate Carolina mission to move a greater number of valuable ideas into the world faster, where they can make the greatest social and economic impact possible. Members of the Gillings community are committed to innovation in research, teaching, and practice. Our resources, including the $50M Gillings gift, allow us to accelerate responses to some of the most pressing public health problems across North Carolina and around the world.
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May Spotlight

Impact Awards: 7 Gillings School students honored for transformative research contributions.

The UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate School’s Impact Awards are designed to recognize graduate students in programs across disciplines for their powerful discoveries that contribute to the educational, economic, physical, social or cultural well-being of North Carolina communities and citizens.

Our Departments

Accurate interpretation and use of data is crucial to understanding public health needs and devising comprehensive, evidence-based solutions.

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Environmental Sciences and Engineering

The environments in which we live, work and play invariably affect public health. In fact, environmental exposures – most of which can be prevented – account for nearly one quarter of all diseases worldwide.

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Epidemiology — the study of the distribution and determinants of disease and other risk factors in a population — is the cornerstone of public health inquiry and problem solving.

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Health Behavior

Health behaviorists use social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote health and foster social justice.

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Health Policy and Management

Health policy experts address the complex challenges of health care delivery and produce cutting-edge analyses that impact policy at all levels, improving population health.

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Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and child health focuses on the determinants and systems that promote and maintain the health of women, children and their families to enhance the future health and welfare of society.

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This dynamic field encompasses nutrition science as well as behavior change, communication, counseling and the effects of dietary culture on individuals and within communities.

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Public Health Leadership and Practice

Applying system thinking and leadership principles in a public health context — with teams, projects, organizations and systems — can eliminate inequities, improve health conditions and foster change in local and global communities.

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Our Commitments

Inclusive Excellence

We are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming community with policies supporting that goal. Inclusive excellence is central to our teaching, research, practice and service.

Our inclusive excellence action plan is a collaborative, living document that guides the efforts of the Gillings community as we work toward inclusive excellence. Learn More

High Impact Research

Our faculty members are a highly successful research powerhouse and they are passionate about solving the world's greatest public health threats.

Practice and Service

We serve local and global communities, engaging with partners through students' practica, service learning trips, community based research and practice collaborations.

Global is Local

We work in all 100 North Carolina counties and more than 45 countries, giving students a wealth of opportunities to study, grow, solve big public health problems and gain crucial experience.

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