Engaging communities, building partnerships

Public health practice is the application of our public health training and expertise to inform, assess, develop, implement, evaluate and/or lead policies, programs and interventions. It focuses on, but is not limited to, building capacity, developing the workforce and other activities done with communities and organizations to improve the public’s health. Practice efforts are characterized by a strong commitment to developing and sustaining trusted, bi-directional relationships and to achieving health equity.

Students pictured on a soccer field after the annual Gillings Games.

Events and Opportunities

Whether you are looking to explore local and global public health practice, connect to service and research opportunities to improve public health, or join together in School and nationwide celebrations of public health, we look forward to connecting with you throughout the academic year.

Our Practicum

The practicum is a planned, supervised and evaluated experience that connects students with communities around the world to transform classwork into public health practice.

Hayley Welgus (far right) works with Save the Children colleagues in Haiti.
Armfield Atrium encourages academic collaboration with flexible furniture arrangements.

Gillings School Workforce Development

The Gillings School is home to multiple workforce development programs focused on providing training, continuing education and technical support to sustain the public health workforce at many levels: local, regional, national and global. Some of these are housed in academic departments and others are in centers and institutes.

Our Institute

The North Carolina Institute for Public Health (NCIPH) delivers training, conducts research and provides technical assistance to transform the practice of public health for all.

Rosenau Hall was dedicated to UNC's public health school in 1963.