Professor Barry Popkin joins the Gastropod podcast to talk about saccharin, aspartame and sucralose.
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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
In 1981, something was quietly taking root at UNC Hospitals that would influence millions of people worldwide for decades. At the dawn of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Dr. Myron Cohen was treating Carolina’s first patient with AIDS.Read This Story
The Good Bowls project, spearheaded by Professor Alice Ammerman, aims to provide locally-sourced, nutritious meals to lower-income consumers while creating economic opportunities for local farmers and entrepreneurs.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.