The Gillings School is home to multiple workforce development programs focused on providing training, continuing education and technical support to sustain the public health workforce at many levels: local, regional, national and global. Some of these are housed in academic departments and others are in centers and institutes.


NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center
A joint project with the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Department, the NC Division of Public Health, and the NC Division of Child Development and Early Education, the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center promotes safe and healthy environments for children in early care and education settings through child care health consultation. The NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center provides health and safety training, technical assistance, resources, and expertise to child care health consultants (CCHCs) and child care programs throughout North Carolina. Trainings include the NC CCHC Training Course (available for in- and out- of state professionals), Infant and Toddler Safe Sleep and SIDS Prevention training, Emergency Preparedness and Response in Child Care, Administration of Medication in Child Care, among others.

North Carolina Institute for Public Health
The N.C. Institute for Public Health works in partnership with clients at the local, state and national level to develop targeted training and educational programs, including in-person workshops and online courses. See the current course catalog.

North Carolina Partnership for Excellence in Applied Epidemiology
This partnership is an applied public health research, educational and practice collaboration between the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Communicable Disease Branch and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (The Department of Epidemiology and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and the School of Medicine).

UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
The Community Outreach and Engagement Core enhances the environmental health literacy of public health professionals, community health workers and vulnerable populations. Learn more about educational programs on asthma, lead and other topics.

Practice and Continuing Education (PACE) Division
PACE, a division in the Department of Nutrition, has a mission of bridging education with real-world practice in the field of nutrition and dietetics. In additional to formal certification (e.g., Registered Dietitian (RD) program), PACE provides opportunities for RDs to further knowledge and learning through professional continuing education.

Regional and National

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists National Leadership Institute
The ACOG National Leadership Institute prepares talented OB-GYNs with the skills to lead the profession and health care in times of change.

Emerging Leaders in Public Health
UNC Gillings serves as the national program office for this Kresge Foundation-funded effort to train and support local public health leaders across the U.S. in implementing systems level changes in their communities in response to health reform.

Family Planning National Training Center
The World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center in the Department of Maternal and Child Health, in partnership with John Snow, Inc. (JSI), serves as the Family Planning National Training Center for Service Delivery Improvement for the HHS Office of Population Affairs. The FPNTC-SDI supports Title X-funded grantees with training, coaching and consultation to build their capacity to provide the highest quality of family planning services in their communities.

NC Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center
One of 18 regional NIOSH-funded centers providing interdisciplinary education and training, research and service in occupational safety and health. The goal of the NC ERC is to provide quality educational opportunities for those with the responsibility of ensuring safety and health in the workplace, and it shares responsibility for the eight southeastern states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.

National MCH Workforce Development Center
Funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau at HRSA, the Center offers state and territorial Title V leaders and their partners training, collaborative learning, coaching and consultation in implementing health transformation.

Clinical Scholars (in partnership with UNC School of Medicine)
A national leadership initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which is designed to extend the influence and impact of leaders working to build a Culture of Health.

UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
The UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention addresses pressing health problems by collaborating with communities to conduct research, provide training, and translate research findings into policy and practice.

UNC Healthy Solutions
A service-oriented team within the Department of Health Behavior that specializes in tailoring evidence-based practice to help local, state and national organizations build their public health capacity and strategy.

UNC Injury Prevention Research Center
As part of its mission the center works to strengthen injury and violence prevention programs and build state and regional capacity.


Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)
This institute promotes increased quality of maternity care, birth spacing and optimal breastfeeding practices through research, service and training. CGBI is home to the first CAAHEP accredited Pathway 2 International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Training Program in the United States.

Measure Evaluation
The MEASURE Evaluation project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development, has a mandate to strengthen health information systems (HIS) in low-resource settings. MEASURE Evaluation enables countries to improve lives by strengthening their capacity to generate and use high-quality health information to make evidence-informed, strategic decisions at local, sub-regional, and national levels.

The Water Institute at UNC
The Water Institute at UNC has a mission to provide global academic leadership for economically, environmentally, socially and technically sustainable management of water, sanitation and hygiene for equitable health and human development.

Annual Events

Minority Health Conference
Launched by the Minority Student Caucus in 1977, this is the largest and longest-running student-led health conference in the country. The annual conference each winter aims to raise awareness around minority health and mobilize students, academics, and community members to take action for change. The conference is nationally recognized, attracting more than 600 attendees each year and hundreds more who view it via webcast.

National Health Equity Research Webcast
This annual event focuses each year on a different theme related to health equity, health disparities and related topics. Speakers include researchers, engaged scholars and community leaders

Contact Service, Practice and Engagement:

North Carolina Institute for Public Health
135 Dauer Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8165
(919) 966-7613