Public health students are naturally some of the workforce’s most engaged leaders in contributing to service across communities.

Inspired to create opportunities that improve public health, students connect with each other, across disciplines and with community partners on projects that have both local and global reach. Because our impact goes far beyond the classroom, service to communities around the world allows us to contribute to emerging needs, build partnerships and respond to requests for support.

Whether you are looking to serve in a leadership role, or volunteer as your schedule allows, we offer a number of ways for students, faculty, staff and community partners to provide service to the community.


Student Organizations and Groups

From providing free health services to local underserved individuals and communities, to planning and implementing the nation’s largest, longest running student-led conference, there are multiple ways to engage in service through the Gillings School. Learn more and connect with the student organizations and groups that are right for you at the Student Activities Fair scheduled each fall in the Gillings School’s Atrium.

Service-Learning Courses

Combining education and service into a semester-long experience, students at the Gillings School have an opportunity to select courses with a service component. These courses usually focus on a specific skill, such as evaluation, and work with community partners throughout the semester to build real projects with real impact.

Surge Support (formerly Team Epi-Aid)

Developed as a way to provide additional capacity to meet the needs of our partners, Surge Support allows students, faculty and staff to respond to immediate public health needs. Previous requests include helping the North Carolina Division of Public Health staff the Ebola Call Center, aiding the Orange County Health Department in awareness campaigns for a new tobacco-free rule, helping conduct primary data collection in community health needs assessments and assisting in data cleaning efforts in North Carolina’s Lead Surveillance System. UNC-affiliated students are eligible to apply. Community partners may submit a request for Surge Support by contacting


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