Why Teaching and Learning Methods Matter
The median age of the world’s population is 29 years old. A third of the world’s population and a quarter of the U.S.’s population reside in this group known as “Generation Y” or “Millennials.” This population, born between 1981 and 2000, makes up many of the world’s public health students today and it is critical they are equipped with critical public health skills along with the ability to think creatively, work collaboratively, and act as entrepreneurs and innovators. Reaching out across the globe and learning in new in unique ways will allow them to gain the skills they will need to excel in an industry they will one day lead.
The collegiate, respectful and nurturing environment at the Gillings School supports students to be the best they can be as they develop the skills necessary for creative, high-impact problem-solving. Master teachers among our faculty can be counted on by students to be resources and to create an academic environment that is simultaneously rigorous and relaxed. Our faculty make it clear to students that learning in the classroom goes both ways – they learn from students about what works and continuously improve the way they teach.
Our North Carolina Institute for Public Health, part of the Gillings School, serves as a bridge between academia and partners in community organizations and government agencies. Since the 1930’s, UNC public health has delivered education, training and professional development services and programs to public health practitioners in North Carolina, the region, the nation and the world.
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