May 15, 2018

Sandra Martin, PhD, professor of maternal and child health

Sandra Martin, PhD
Professor of maternal and child health


Message from the Associate Dean for Research

Gillings School researchers discover new insights about causes and consequences of health threats and conditions, accelerating the pace of progress, enhancing public health practice and policy, and improving the quality of people’s lives.

Learn more about our research priorities at

Julie MacMillan, MPH

Julie MacMillan, MPH


Message from the Managing Director

In the 10 years following the Gillings Gift, members of the Gillings School community have taken bold but pragmatic chances in new areas, with new partners, to solve problems in innovative and groundbreaking ways. The gift has funded exciting programs, which have expanded our culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. The results? Accelerated impact and a commitment to achieve even more.

Our Programs That Drive Change

Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs)
Ambitious, rigorous, interdisciplinary, local and global, the GILs offer fresh ideas and new solutions – and often result in new entrepreneurial activity. Dr. Ralph Baric was awarded one of the first GILs. To date, we’ve funded 31. (See


Innovation Made Fundamental
Resources such as our entrepreneur in residence, student training and connections to partners across North Carolina and around the world are the foundation for our culture of innovation.



Impact and Passion To Do More

Global Health

Margaret Bentley, PhD, Carla Smith Chamblee Professor of Global Nutrition

Margaret Bentley, PhD
Carla Smith Chamblee Professor of Global Nutrition

Message from the Associate Dean for Global Health

At the Gillings School, global health is local health. We support students, faculty and staff members to work on problems and solutions that will have impact in North Carolina and around the world.

Learn more about our work at Student research and practica are an essential part of the Gillings School’s global presence. These opportunities allow students to obtain hands-on experience, cultivate skills necessary to be leaders in their fields and make meaningful contributions to advancements in global public health.

In 2017-2018, at least 40 students completed a global practicum. Read about some of their projects at

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