Inequities in disease and well-being come from discrimination, racism and unequal access to society’s benefits, including conditions that positively contribute to health. Our researchers seek to understand these inequities and address the structures that reinforce them to ensure that all individuals and populations have equitable access to resources for optimal health.
At Gillings, we seek to understand and improve public health responses to rapid and emerging public health emergencies, such as natural and human-related disasters, epidemics, pandemics, armed conflicts, and other emergencies.
Our researchers investigate diverse factors ranging from genetic and molecular to social and behavioral to environmental factors so we can better prevent, manage, and treat these chronic diseases.
Our researchers address the complex set of diseases known as cancer from basic science discovery to the broader impacts of cancer, such as quality of life, costs, better treatments, and cures.
For our researchers, health is an inexorably linked system requiring single and multi-level approaches to promote “one health”, featuring the interconnectedness of the health of people, animals, and the environment.
Our researchers are working to reduce injury and violence through research and practice on causes, susceptible populations, and identifying promising interventions to reduce injury and violence.
We develop, study and evaluate methods to promote the adoption and integration of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies into routine health care and public health settings.
Our researchers use novel laboratory techniques, such as genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, to characterize and quantify biological risk factors, disease targets, and disease pathways to protect public health.
March 4, 2024 James Swenberg, DVM, DACVP, PhD, Kenan Distinguished Professor at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, died October 5, 2023. There will be a Scientific Symposium to honor him and his work on March 22 from 3–5 p.m. in 133 Rosenau Hall at the Gillings School.