Committed to equity

At the Gillings School, we cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment to better prepare our students for the world that awaits them – a world that seeks culturally competent people as its leaders. When we embrace the socioeconomic, physical, cultural, racial and ethnic differences of our students, faculty and staff, we enrich the quality of coursework, research and practice within our School and beyond.

At the Gillings School, diversity and inclusion are infused into our:

  • Research priorities, courses, curricula and programs;
  • Student organizations and activities;
  • Community and organizational partnerships; and
  • Efforts to recruit and support excellent students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

We are:


Diversity and inclusion are central to our mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world.


At the Gillings School, we train a diverse group of dedicated students to become world-class leaders and researchers who fight health disparities.


Inclusive excellence at our School looks like: respectful, welcoming classroom environments for all; colleagues from a multitude of backgrounds; and diversity outreach to the next generation of public health leaders.

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