Ninety-nine rural hospitals have closed since 2010. "Basically half of rural hospitals are losing money every year," says Dr. Mark Holmes, a professor of health policy and management at the Gillings School. "Every time that I've said, 'I think we're through the worst of it,' we've been surprised."
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When assistant professor Dr. Sarah Birken wants to share ideas with the world, she doesn’t normally think of a podcast. But she launched "AcaDames" earlier this year to discuss the experiences of women in academia. With her podcast co-host, associate professor Dr. Whitney Robinson, Birken explores whether being a woman in academia is "a dream, game or scam."Read This Story
UNC Gillings toxicologist Dr. Ilona Jaspers is an expert on the health effects of e-cigarettes. She's also a mother of two teenagers, which is why she gives talks at North Carolina schools to explain the risks of vaping to young people.Watch This Video
When Gillings alumna Camille McGirt was sidelined from basketball because of an injury, she wanted to stay active. She wanted to help other girls develop and maintain healthy lifestyles, too — so she started Healthy Girls Save the World.Read This Story
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- 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.
Guns and threats of violence have no place on this campus
In her latest blog post — endorsed by the Gillings School’s Dean’s Council — Dean Barbara K. Rimer responds to recent incidents on campus, including the March 30 defacement of the Unsung Founders Memorial. Photo by Melinda Young.Read more