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.


The Return of Measles

Cases are creeping up in America, and one public health expert's take might not be what you expect: “We have become quite militant and moralistic about vaccination,” says Dr. Noel Brewer, “and we probably would do well to be less absolute.”

Read more at The Atlantic.

Get to know our departments.

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

Choose a Department

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


Accurate interpretation and use of data is crucial to understanding public health needs and devising comprehensive, evidence-based solutions.

Biostatisticians are storytellers.

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.


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.

Researchers fight emerging diseases.

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.

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.

Innovation is fundamental.

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.

2023 Gillings Impact Report

In this year's Impact Report, we highlight the Gillings School's expansive role in public health, from local community efforts to global initiatives. Our innovative research, commitment to inclusivity and new faculty additions exemplify our dedication to health equity and educational excellence.

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Your future
starts here.

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.