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.
The Gillings School of Global Public Health hosted a weekend-long hackathon for over 250 female and non-binary graduate and undergraduate students from more than 10 universities! Catering towards first-time hackers, Pearl Hacks provided coding workshops, mentoring, and networking opportunities to help students create innovative public health tech products.
Social determinants, including income and place of residence, can determine how healthy a person is in the present and over time. A new initiative called Good Bowls — led by our Dr. Alice Ammerman — aims to level the playing field and provide better health for many.Learn More
Aditi Borde, a dual master’s degree student at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, won first place at the Harvard Business School’s Alliance for Health Management Case Competition on Feb. 9, in Cambridge, Mass.Learn More
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.
UNC-Chapel Hill and the Gillings School offer lots of making opportunities.
Research at UNC Gillings is all about innovation.
- Interdisciplinary Nutrition Sciences Symposium: Synergizing Animal and Human Obesity Research July 24 - July 25
- Data User Workshop: Add Health Parents Study August 13 - August 14
- UNC Water and Health Conference October 7 - October 11