After a spate of pipe bombs and shootings, Dean Rimer asks: Do we turn inward to retreat or do we say, 'Enough'?
of Global Public Health
Welcome to the #1 public school of public health — and #2 overall.
One of the first women to join the faculty at the Gillings School, Jo Anne Earp brought to Carolina the same fierceness and integrity that she brought to the front lines of the civil rights movement in the early ’60s. Her drive to end racial disparities led to her founding the N.C. Breast Cancer Screening Program, which markedly increased mammography screenings for older black women in poor, rural counties.Read This Story
Dr. Carmen Samuel-Hodge conducts lifestyle intervention research with lower-income and minority populations. She also is the award-winning mentor behind Sistah-Docs, an informal but vitally necessary group that supports female researchers of color.Read This Story
Master of Healthcare Administration student Nate Andrews also works as a paramedic in the mountains of western North Carolina. Read his first-hand account of evacuating fellow citizens as Hurricane Florence swept through the state.Read This Story
Get to know our departments.
Gain the knowledge, skills, experience and networks to make a difference right away.
- Environmental Sciences and Engineering
- Health Behavior
- Health Policy and Management
- Maternal and Child Health
- Public Health Leadership
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.
Academic excellence demands innovation.
Our students — and their future employers — do, too.
In the latest issue of Carolina Public Health, we share the thinking behind exciting changes at the Gillings School. From our interdisciplinary academic vision to our newly redesigned Master of Public Health degree, we're giving students the education they need and the skills employers want.