At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, global is local and local is global.
We work in all 100 North Carolina counties and in over 60 countries. At the Gillings School, we work collaboratively with local and regional partners and around the world to seek transformative solutions to improve local and global health.
Working locally and globally.
The Gillings School’s two units that help promote and advance our global and local mission are the Research, Innovation and Global Solutions office and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. The Global Health Solutions office promotes and advances the School’s global health activities in research, service, practice and teaching through partnerships, internships, outreach and communications. The Institute helps train the public health workforce and develop solutions for some of our most pressing public health concerns.
Global and local content and approaches are infused across our courses, programs and degrees. The Gillings School MPH Core curriculum features a globalized curriculum. Starting in Fall 2019, the Gillings School will offer a Master of Public Health in Global Health that provides students with the knowledge and skills to advance the health and well-being of populations in diverse global settings.
Practice and service.
Opportunities for local and global internships and research projects provide Gillings School students with mentored, real-world experiences in North Carolina or internationally. Students participate in a variety of student groups serving communities locally and globally. Our students make a difference and gain invaluable field experience while earning a degree.
In early April, the Gillings School of Global Public Health co-hosted Going Viral: Impact and Implications of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. Interdisciplinary experts discussed the risks, latest science and best practices to prevent, prepare for and respond to an infectious disease pandemic. Photo by Corbis/National Library of Medicine
The North Carolina Partnership for Excellence in Applied Epidemiology for Infectious Disease is a new partnership with the North Carolina Division of Public Health’s Communicable Disease Branch and multiple entities from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The mission of the newly created partnership is to develop an applied public health research, education and practice collaborative that will promote best practices for improving the health and well-being of North Carolinians and the global community.
Preventing blindness from NC to Africa: Emily Gower's, PhD, international research is focused upon improving trichiasis surgery outcomes for people with trachoma, the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. In the United States, she researches diabetic retinopathy, which also causes blindness but is 99 percent preventable. Photo credit: Emily W. Gower, Community Eye Health, Flickr CC
Our students use their time here to solve real-world problems. Seven Gillings School students received The Graduate School’s Impact and Horizon in 2018. Many have won awards and national recognition for tools, products and programs that protect and improve health.
Our students graduate with the education and skills to become global leaders. Alumni from the Gillings School hold influential positions in the U.S. and internationally with academic, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including CDC, NIH, WHO, Care, RTI International, FHI360, local and state health departments, health ministries around the world and more. Find out more about the career paths our graduates have pursued.