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The Gillings Global Gateway™ promotes the School's global activities, which include certificates, internships and funding opportunities.

Welcome to the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Consistently recognized as one of the top public health schools in the nation, the Gillings School of Global Public Health has been home to the top public health leaders and students for over 75 years.

Our mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world. Dedicated to our mission, the School is constantly moving forward to anticipate future health threats and accelerate public health solutions. Our commitment to excellence is part of everything we do: teaching, research, scholarship, practice and bridging the gap between academic research and practical public health solutions.

Welcome from our Dean
We are committed to outstanding teaching, research, scholarship and practice, and we bridge the gap between academic research and practical public health solutions. Read more.
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH
Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor


The Gillings School of Global Public Health is consistently recognized as a leading public health school. We are ranked the top public school of public health in the nation by U.S. News & World Report (2016 edition) and placed second among all public health schools. In addition to formal rankings, our faculty and staff members are frequently recognized for their research and field work.

Impact and Initiatives

See how our students and faculty are improving public health across the globe and in our backyard.


Our faculty members are some of the most talented teachers, researchers and scholars anywhere in the world. They are accessible, committed to students and passionate about the work they do. They publish groundbreaking new research and help advise governments, companies and NGOs around the world. Whether they are teaching in the classroom, conducting research in the lab or solving public health issues in the field, our faculty members are leading the way in public health.


The School is home to approximately 1,600 diverse, creative and dedicated students passionate about improving public health locally and across the globe. They work closely with faculty, peers and practitioners forming bonds that help them grow as students and future public health professionals. The School’s curriculum balances classroom education with real-world experience, which prepares our students to tackle the toughest public health challenges facing North Carolina and the world.

Learning Opportunities

The Gillings School offers our students a wide range of opportunities to learn and work— through residential and online degree programs, laboratory work, fieldwork, internships, practica, volunteer work and research— across North Carolina and around the world. Our global learning opportunities give students a broader perspective on public health and help them expand their horizons. Students also work closely with faculty members, who are conducting cutting-edge research, and meet with important visitors coming to the School from around the world.

Stay Connected

Keep up with everything happening at the Gillings School of Global Public Health by following us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook, and don’t forget to read Dean Barbara K. Rimer’s blog, Monday Morning.

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SPH 2020

In September 2010, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the Gillings School shared their knowledge, ideas, dreams and visions for what the School should be like in the year 2020. Learn more about the School’s SPH 2020 vision plan.

Strategic Themes

Rooted in three cross-cutting themes: a local and global focus, strategic leadership and eliminating health inequities, our project portfolio spans five Gillings School Strategic Themes.


Our school values and participates in interdisciplinary research, education and service through the activities of many centers, institutes, programs and specialized facilities. Find out more about our Centers, Institutes and Affiliates.