Research at Gillings

Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson (left), Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, will lead a project in partnership with RTI International to test for lead in drinking water at 300 Wake County households with young children.
Top five funders from 2014-2017.
Message from the Associate Dean for Research
For more than 75 years, UNC Gillings researchers have been discovering new insights about the causes and consequences of health threats and conditions, accelerating the pace of progress, enhancing public health practice and policy, and improving the quality of people’s lives.
Sandra Martin, PhD

Research at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health is an essential part of its teaching mission.

The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School is committed to research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem solving. We aim to achieve significant public health impact from the Well to the World™. Our strategic themes focus on: delivering proven solutions faster (implementation science); enabling healthy people and a healthy planet; promoting health, preventing disease and improving care for all; and harnessing big data for health and well-being. Across our themes are two foundations: a focus on eliminating health inequities and a commitment to improving health locally and globally.

Along with a $50 million gift from Dennis and Joan Gillings in 2007, the strength of the research enterprise at UNC Gillings is underpinned by an outstanding record of competing for, and being awarded, externally sponsored grants and contracts.

• Gillings School PI’s received $209.5 million in external funding last year, our highest achievement to date.

• On average, each faculty PI received $1.2 million in grant funding during FY17.

• For the 3rd year in a row, the Gillings School is the top-ranked School of Public Health for NIH funding ($65.5 million, 107 awards), and number three overall.

• Gillings research is conducted in all 100 NC counties, all 50 U.S. States and in 82 countries spanning 6 continents.

• Among our research strengths, we work to prevent and control cancer, bend the obesity curve, increase access to safe, clean drinking water, and eliminate health inequities for all, at all stages of life.

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