Each year, the School solicits nominations for achievement awards for faculty and staff members.

The John E. Larsh, Jr. Award for Mentorship recognizes an established, long-standing faculty member at the School who has spent numerous years of their career mentoring students, which Dr. Larsh embodied and valued so highly. This award comes with a monetary prize of $4,500 this year.

The Edward G. McGavran Award for Excellence in Teaching recognizes an established, mid-career faculty member at the School for sustained, impactful excellence in teaching, including but not limited to, teaching-related activities such as course development or administering a teaching program. This award comes with a monetary prize of $1,000 this year

The Teaching Innovation Awards (nominated by students only) recognize one early-to-mid-career faculty member from each department who improves the learning environment by integrating new technologies and applications and introducing/incorporating interactive activities, creative methods and innovative curriculum ideas into the classroom. This award comes with a $500 prize for each winner this year and is intended to help advance their educational development in teaching.

The Gillings School Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA) Award – NEW! recognizes a teaching assistant who inspires students; enhances students learning through creative, engaging and/or innovative teaching methods; supports student success in the classroom; and facilitates students’ development as a public health professional. Teaching assistants nominated for this award must be students who are pursuing a graduate degree at Gillings and have served in a TA role during the current (2021-2022) academic year. This award comes with a $1,000 prize this year intended to help advance their educational development in teaching.

Gillings faculty, staff and students may nominate a teaching assistant by providing a brief supporting statement (500 words) that addresses the above criteria for the person whom they are nominating. The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 11:59 p.m. EST.

Staff Excellence Award: The annual monetary award and recognition are given to an employee who exemplifies outstanding work, as measured by excellent attitude, leadership and outstanding initiative. Nominations for the award will open each fall.


The Gillings School’s Alumni Association presents two awards during the Foard Lecture each spring.

Established in 1975, the Harriet Hylton Barr Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes the achievements of alumni and their contributions to public health. Each year, it honors a deserving graduate of the School working full-time in public health or in a related field.

The Bernard G. Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award is given to an outstanding full-time faculty member of the Gillings School of Global Public Health for excellence in the areas of teaching, research and service. The award includes a cash prize of $12,000 annually for three years. Additionally, the department with the highest response rate will receive a $150 donation to their student government.