We take to heart the Innovate Carolina mission to move a greater number of valuable ideas into the world faster, where they can make the greatest social and economic impact possible. Our resources, including the $50M Gillings gift, allow us to accelerate responses to some of the most pressing public health problems across North Carolina and around the world.
Message from the Associate Director of Innovation

Anne Glauber, MPH

We, at the Gillings School, accelerate public health innovation from ideas through implementation, for faster solutions and greater impact in the world. Explore our site to see how we can help YOUR ideas flourish.

Our Team

We offer the following support:

  • Providing individual consultations to strategize, offer resources, connections and more related to innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Assisting with navigating the campus innovation eco-system.
  • Helping find funding opportunities and resources to advance your innovative ideas.
  • Curating events and competitions around innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Supporting classes and programs focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.

For Faculty

Our faculty are conducting cutting-edge research to solve urgent public health problems. We offer a full suite of services from funding and skill-development to consultation and networking to translate your solutions out into the world.

For Students

We are committed to training the next generation of public health professionals and changemakers. Our innovation and entrepreneurship programming inspires and equips changemakers to transform public health.

Alessandra Bazzano PhD, MPH

Innovating for health equity: human-centered design, artificial intelligence and the future of public health

Wednesday, April 10

Gillings Faculty Innovators Group

We are excited to announce the Gillings Faculty Innovators Group for faculty who are passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and translation for impact in public health. Members embrace the mindset of tackling the world’s most pressing public health problems with disruptive and impact-focused, innovative solutions.

The Faculty Innovators Group is designed to:
- create community for collaboration, idea sharing, and networking to develop new initiatives addressing the world’s public health challenges,
- raise awareness around this pipeline of work at the school, across campus, and beyond,
- provide a vehicle to launch targeted programming, e.g., micro-grants available to members for rapid prototyping / testing; implementing ideas resulting from the Real-World Impact project and other programming; provide opportunities for participating in related activities to advance this work, etc.

Featured Gillings Innovation Labs
Since 2007, the Gillings Innovation Labs (GILs) have transformed the Gillings School, putting us on the map for pioneering work in clinical trials, brain health, new methods and more GILs are innovative, interdisciplinary, and strive to achieve fundamental breakthroughs in public health. Read more
Development of osmotic ballasts to enable saltwater-based energy storage
Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on behavioral, social and structural factors in South Africa
Environmental influences on early brain development
Our Numbers at a Glance
GILs Awarded
GILs Follow-On Research Funding Received
GILS Scholarly Publications
Startups formed from FY12 through FY23
SBIR/STTR Funding Awarded in FY2023
Student Programs & Competitions
Gillings School Pitch Competition
Entrepreneurs of Color Mentorship Program
Map the System Competition
Student Research & Entrepreneurship Showcase
Graduate Certificate in Innovation for the Public Good

Equip yourself with the modern change-making mindset, methods, and tools to be effective in working across sectors and disciplines to solve complex, economic, social, and ecological problems. Three of the certificate’s courses, including the required core course Design Thinking for the Public Good, are housed in Gillings, as detailed in the sections below.


Student Innovator E-Blast

Gillings Innovating Public Health Series

As an integral part of our efforts to advance innovation and entrepreneurship at the Gillings School, the Gillings Innovating Public Health series is designed to inspire, educate and build community among tomorrow’s change makers. For a complete listing of current and past events, visit here:


135 Dauer Drive
104 Rosenau Hall, CB #7415
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7415
(919) 843-3945

School Events

May 30
9:00 am
3:00 pm
Inclusive Excellence Summer Symposium
June 17
8:00 am
5:00 pm
2024 Add Health Users Conference