Welcome to the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the top public school of public health in the U.S.
Our mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities in North Carolina and around the world. Our work is done in basic science laboratories; clinical and public health settings; communities, including worksites; and community-based and other non-governmental organizations. With our special focus on the science of implementation and delivery, our faculty, staff and students bridge the gap between academic research and practical, public health to make a world of difference — and a different, healthier world.

From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks
The Gillings School’s work in public health is the foundation that can prevent disease, promote health and prolong life in communities. We work to support a healthier Tar Heel State through:


  • Collaborating with local N.C. governments to measure the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Developing new antivirals in preparation for future pandemics
  • Promoting total worker health in N.C.
Healthy families and communities
  • Working with state organizations to address food insecurity in North Carolina
  • Closing health inequity gaps through collaboration with local health care providers and grassroots organizations
  • Helping leaders create unique strategies that promote health in Western N.C. communities
Clean air and water
  • Removing harmful and toxic forever chemicals from water and communities near manufacturing plants
  • Increasing awareness of environmental and societal factors that can impact health in N.C. communities
  • Studying the harmful and helpful microorganisms in indoor spaces across N.C.

Impact and Initiatives

Tomorrow's solutions today

At the Gillings School, we are impatient for change that improves public health. Our research strengths focus on urgent challenges to generate tomorrow’s solutions today. Our researchers provide teaching and training opportunities for students while catalyzing a collaborative, creative environment for the world’s top scientists to discover, test and implement solutions to health threats and problems.

Facts and Figures
public school of public health by U.S. News & World Report
Countries in which we work
Number of states in which we work, plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico
100 (all)
Number of N.C. counties in which we work
Students enrolled


The Gillings School is home to over 2,400 diverse, creative and dedicated students, practical idealists who want to change the world for the better. 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, preparing students to tackle the toughest public health challenges facing North Carolina and the world.


Our faculty members are some of the most talented teachers, researchers and scholars anywhere in the world, and they are leading the way in public health. They are accessible, committed to students and passionate about the work they do. They publish groundbreaking new research and advise governments, companies and NGOs around the world.

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Educating the next generation of public health leaders
Gillings Admissions: 233 Rosenau Hall, (919) 445-1170
Student Affairs: 263 Rosenau Hall, (919) 966-2499
Dean's Office: 170 Rosenau Hall, (919) 966-3215
Business and Administration: 170 Rosenau Hall, (919) 966-3215
Academic Affairs: 307 Rosenau Hall, (919) 843-8044
Inclusive Excellence: 207B Rosenau Hall, (919) 966-7430
Room Reservations

135 Dauer Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7400

School Events

May 30
9:00 am
3:00 pm
Inclusive Excellence Summer Symposium
June 17
8:00 am
5:00 pm
2024 Add Health Users Conference