Phthalates — human-made chemicals found in the plastics we use — are negatively impacting brain development in kids, according to a group of volunteer scientists, health professionals and child advocates.
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Dr. Milan is a nationally recognized leader on HIV/AIDS policies and programs. He is the president and CEO of AIDS United and serves on the Gillings School’s Advisory Council. Having lived with AIDS for over 30 years, Dr. Milan is “a hero who has helped to turn AIDS from an unbeatable killer into a chronic disease that people manage. His work has been accomplished not so much in clinics and laboratories as in communities.”Learn more about Inclusive Excellence at the Gillings School.
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- Environmental Sciences and Engineering
- Health Behavior
- Health Policy and Management
- Maternal and Child Health
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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.
- Diggs appointed Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
- Trainings focused on pain coping skills may also reduce depression linked with perceived discrimination among Black patients
- Diekman explores COVID-19 transmission dynamics, creates resources for health workers at skilled nursing facilities
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.
For the second year in a row, leadership at the Gillings School has been honored with the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to and ongoing promotion of inclusive excellence.Read This Story
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Discover Monday Morning thoughts from Barbara K. Rimer, Dean of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since 2005.Visit the blog.
- From Pilot Data to Federal Funding: Lessons from Pilot and Feasibility Program Award Winners March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
- National Public Health Week: Building Bridges to Better Health April 5 - April 11
- Environmental Sciences and Engineering Centennial Celebration - Keynote Speaker April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm