Gillings School of Global Public Health

UNC Gillings ranked No. 1 public school of public health in US

Welcome to the #1 public school of public health — and #2 overall.

Get to know our departments.

Gain the knowledge, skills, experience and networks to make a difference right away.

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  • About
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health Leadership and Practice


Our departments are home to more than 1,500 diverse, creative and dedicated students. With a Schoolwide focus on interdisciplinary research, collaborative opportunities abound.

Students prepare to change the world.

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.

Student entrepreneurs combat climate change.

Health Behavior

Health behaviorists use social and behavioral science to develop, implement and evaluate programs and policies that promote health and foster social justice.

Students work to improve the health and well-being of communities.

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.

Colleagues discuss an action plan.

Carolina Public Health Magazine Spring 2024: Public Health and Public Policy

In the Spring 2024 issue of Carolina Public Health, learn about how successful public health efforts at the Gillings School and beyond can support public policy in its ultimate goal: to improve well-being for as many people as possible.

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Collaboration is the heart of study at the Gillings School. Join a dynamic, “open doors” community of world class faculty and student colleagues. You'll be embraced and empowered with unparalleled opportunities — even after graduation.