"No infection means no disease, no death and no transmission, the absolute immunological trifecta. It’s why sterilizing immunity has often been framed as a 'holy grail,' what researchers aim for when they’re designing their shots," says Dr. David Martinez, a vaccinologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But is sterilizing immunity a biological myth?
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As the representative of the United Nations Population Fund for Bolivia, Gillings alumna Rinko Kinoshita works to prevent maternal deaths and gender-based violence while improving access to effective contraception.Read This Story
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Our departments are home to more than 1,500 diverse, creative and dedicated students. With a Schoolwide focus on interdisciplinary research, collaborative opportunities abound.
Accurate interpretation and use of data is crucial to understanding public health needs and devising comprehensive, evidence-based solutions.
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.
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.
Health behaviorists use social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote health and foster social justice.
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.
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.
This dynamic field encompasses nutrition science as well as behavior change, communication, counseling and the effects of dietary culture on individuals and within communities.
Public Health Leadership
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.
Monday Morning Blog
Discover Monday Morning thoughts from Barbara K. Rimer, Dean of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since 2005.Visit the blog.