Gillings School of Global Public Health

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

Mission Pillars


Research at the Gillings School paves the way for direct public health action. We target complex, urgent health challenges. We develop new methods, inventions and applications that help deliver solutions swiftly. And we do this within a highly collaborative environment where students learn side-by-side with top scientists.
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We partner with, and learn from, communities and organizations; engage communities in their priorities; and move Gillings research into practice to help all people across North Carolina achieve optimal health and to advance health globally.
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Local and Global Health

We work in all 100 North Carolina counties and over 35 countries. Our courses and degrees integrate local and global health content. Through partnerships, our students and faculty work with, and learn from, communities to transform health, globally and locally.
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We offer more than 50 academic programs at all levels to prepare the next generation of public health leaders, practitioners and researchers. Our students graduate with the skills and knowledge they need to cultivate positive, sustainable changes in health for all.
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July Spotlight

Dr. Will Vizuete invented a new technology… and started a band!

"The engineering solutions that I use are focused on trying to understand what we’re exposed to, who’s generating that exposure, how to reduce that exposure and what happens with that exposure in the future."

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 Values

Student Success

Developing, implementing and evaluating our systems, policies, and services that contribute to our student-centered culture.

Community Well-being

Building a culture that prioritizes the physical, mental, financial, emotional, social, and spiritual health of our students, staff and faculty.


Encouraging deep inquiry, creativity, and risk-taking for the benefit of the public’s health.


Listening to, sharing and understanding people’s lived experiences to disrupt discrimination and oppression.

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Featured Events

November 11
All Day
Biostatistics 75th Anniversary Celebration