Every year, we send more than 425 graduates into the world with the tools to solve complex public health problems.

Our Gillings School students have these skills not only because they engage with our School’s world class faculty and superb resources, but also because they gain direct experience working with community partners during their practicum, or field experience. These partners give our students an unparalleled education through real-world projects within organizations and across communities; they also give students the support they need to succeed by providing excellent mentoring. Because of their efforts, our students are able to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in practice, improving the health of communities in North Carolina and around the world.

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Friday, October 26, 2018
1:30-5 p.m.
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This year, we will again celebrate these important collaborations between our students, faculty, staff and community partners.

Practicum Day this fall is scheduled for Friday, October 26. During the event, we will highlight our partnerships across departments as students in biostatistics, environmental sciences and engineering, epidemiology, health behavior, health policy and management, maternal and child health, nutrition and public health leadership showcase their practica through oral, poster and artifact presentations. Sessions will take place throughout the Gillings School. Three “Impact in Practice Awards” also will be presented to an outstanding student, faculty member and community partner/preceptor, based on nominations. Please watch this page for additional details. We hope you will join us in October as we celebrate the practicum cohort of 2018!

2018 Gillings School Practicum Day Agenda (pdf)
1:30–3:30 p.m.
Practicum Day Oral Presentations (RO 133, MHRC 0001 and McG 1301)
3:30–4 p.m.
Practicum Day Awards Ceremony and Reception (Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center)
4–5 p.m.
Practicum Day Poster/Artifact Session and Networking Opportunity (Armfield Atrium, Michael Hooker Research Center)

Save the Date

Practicum Day 2018 is scheduled for Friday, October 26 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Save the date and add to your calendar today! There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public.

Impact in Practice Awards

We will again honor outstanding students, a faculty member, and a community partner/preceptor for their contributions to public health practice with the Impact in Practice Award. All nominees will be recognized at the event. Awardees will be notified by the committee the week of the event.


The Gillings School of Global Public Health is located in Rosenau Hall, McGavran-Greenberg Hall and the Michael Hooker Research Center on 135 Dauer Drive on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Driving directions and suggested parking are available here.

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