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.

Make Something

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


Research at UNC Gillings is all about innovation.


This is the logo for Map the System 2020.

Gillings School team earns 3rd place at Map The System 2020

Health Policy and Management students, Paige Logan and Meghan O’Leary, and faculty members, Kristen Hassmiller Lich, Shelley Golden, and Sarah Mills placed 3rd in Oxford University’s Map the System virtual FINALS. They presented on ‘Using Systems Science to Advance Health Equity in Tobacco Control.’