Innovation made fundamental

The Gillings School is committed to research, innovation, entrepreneurship and problem solving. Our resources, including the $50 million Gillings gift, allow us to accelerate responses to some of the most pressing public health problems across North Carolina and around the world. Our School has been an innovation leader since we opened in 1940.

We take to heart the Innovate Carolina concept that “an innovation is the successful implementation of a novel, valuable idea.” Our public health innovations must be needed and adopted, not just new. Our approach focuses on several fundamental components:


Take a class. Public Health Entrepreneurship (SPHG 780) provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn how entrepreneurial approaches can be applied to public health challenges. The class also develops entrepreneurial problem-solving skills. For more information, contact the course instructor, Dr. Alice Ammerman.

Explore the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship. It is for the problem-solver, the creator, the agent for social change. Students come from different walks of life, a spectrum of perspectives and can be pursuing any major on campus.

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UNC-Chapel Hill and the Gillings School offer lots of making opportunities with the BeAM Community.


Research at UNC Gillings is all about innovation.


Innovation Made Fundamental: Innovate Carolina - UNC Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E)

Innovate Carolina infuses innovation and entrepreneurship into every corner of UNC-Chapel Hill's campus – and then connects people from different schools and departments so that they can share their expertise and work together to solve problems they couldn't solve by themselves. Find out how innovators and entrepreneurs at the university are using their ideas to make a social and economic impact in the local, state and global community.

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