We strengthen the skills and capacity of public health professionals through education, training and professional development services and programs.

As part of the Gillings School of Global Public Health, NCIPH serves as a bridge between academia and partners in community organizations and government agencies. NCIPH is part of the School’s longstanding history of delivering training to public health practitioners in North Carolina, the region and the nation.

At NCIPH, we value our role in shaping the professional education and leadership development of the local, state and national public health workforce. We align ourselves with the stated values of UNC Gillings to ensure we train and develop public health professionals within a climate that is intentionally diverse and inclusive. We are committed to fostering a learning environment that centers  sustained equity and inclusion and which prepares our program participants to better partner with and meet the needs of the diverse communities they serve.  

Training Resources

UNC Gillings Workforce Development Programs

Training and Professional Development Services

Team Members



Danielle Butts, MS
Online Learning Specialist
danbutts@ad.unc.edu


Robin Gault-Winton, MSW
Training Developer
robingw@unc.edu


Shelley Hoekstra, MPH
Training Associate
shoek@email.unc.edu



Ki’Yonna Jones, MBA, MHA
Training Associate
kiyonnaj@email.unc.edu



Julia Kimmel
Communications Specialist
julia_kimmel@unc.edu


Headshot of Faith McHale
Faith McHale
Operations Specialist
fmchale@unc.edu


Dr. Stephen N. Orton
Steve Orton, PhD
Senior Fellow, Public Health Leadership
sorton@unc.edu


Jenny Palmer, MA
Course Coordinator
jlpalmer@email.unc.edu



Lori Rhew, MA
Training and Accreditation Coordinator
(919) 843-0836
Lori.Rhew@unc.edu



Cherelle Whitfield
Lead Event Planner
cwwhitfi@email.unc.edu



Rachel Wilfert, MD, MPH, CPH
Director, Workforce Training and Education
(919) 966-4085
rachel.wilfert@unc.edu


Ready to work with us? Contact Rachel Wilfert, Director of Workforce Training and Education
rachel.wilfert@unc.edu

If you have questions about a particular program or need assistance with registration, please email nciph@unc.edu.