Welcome to. . . SPH2020

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Imagining the Future of Our School

In September 2010, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health shared their knowledge, ideas, dreams and visions for what the School should be like in the year 2020.

Dean Barbara K. Rimer wrote Wake Up: It’s 2020 (PDF) to get people thinking concretely about the future.

Via virtual and in-person communications, people gave us their expectations for the School in 2020. Participants wrote, commented and voted on comments in 10 thought categories, which were then grouped into eight.

SPH2020, Thought Categories, 2010

Following that effort, leaders at the School coalesced these thought categories even further and have taken significant strides in moving towards the aspirations expressed through the 2010 visioning process.

Diversity and Inclusion: Key Actions and Achievements, 2010-Present

For a matrix that gives a visual overview of Gillings School diversity and inclusion actions and achievements, click here.


Past winners of the Annual Fund gather in the Armfield Atrium. The Fund provides scholarship assistance to students in all of the School's eight academic departments and programs.

Past winners of the Annual Fund gather in the Armfield Atrium. The Fund provides scholarship assistance to students in all of the School’s eight academic departments and programs.



  • Rumay Alexander, EdD, RN, clinical professor and director of multicultural affairs at the UNC School of Nursing, was appointed Diversity Champion for the School (September 2012).
  • Awards processes for the School are updated (Spring 2012).
  • Diversity recruitment specialist, Trinnette Cooper, was hired to support our diversity outreach and recruitment programs (Spring 2012) and strengthened pipeline programs through the Summer Public Health Symposium for high school students (2012-present), Project IMHOTEP for juniors and seniors (2012-present) and regular outreach at pre-college, college and professional levels.
  • The School made modest gains in faculty, staff and student diversity in fall 2012 and again the following year


  • Admissions practices across departments were reviewed (Spring 2013), and each department adopted at least one new promising practice for the fall 2013 admissions season.
  • Coordination across units increased around student recruitment (Academic Year 2013-14).
  • The School’s Office of Student Affairs received support from the Jesse Ball DuPont Fund to extend pipeline programs (2013).
  • School piloted the Ambassadors’ Program (Fall 2013), a training program for faculty, staff and students aimed at strengthening their recruitment skills; full roll-out was planned for fall 2014.


  • Curriculum options expanded as the School…
    • Rolled out the course SPHG 690: Leading for Racial Equity (Fall 2014); graduate students from the UNC Schools of Public Health, Law, Business, Social Work, Information and Library Science, Nursing and the department of exercise and sports science enrolled as well as community members;
    • Continued to sponsor the course HBEH 705/HPM 707 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health: A population perspective); and
    • Continued to support other courses focused on health disparities including PUBH 756 (Addressing Health Inequalities in the U.S.), HPM 522 (Aging, Family and Long-Term Care: Cultural, Ethnic and Racial Issues) and EPID 799 (Social Justice and Equality: In search of John Cassel’s epidemiology).
  • School increased transparency of diversity through…
    • A new suite of web pages;
    • The Gillings Program Search (GPS) tool, an online search mechanism featuring standardized information about all programs across the School with up-to-date diversity data on their profiles; and
    • Reporting and discussing faculty, staff and student diversity metrics thrice annually at each of the School’s senior leadership meetings (Dean’s Council).


  • School supported the Health Advocacy at UNC/Black Lives Matter series co-led by our students (Spring 2015).
  • An assessment was conducted of strengths within the School on health equity and health disparities including how we represent health disparities on our webpages (Fall 2015).
  • American Public Health Association (APHA) webinar series on Impact of Racism was hosted (Fall 2015).


  • Established Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (Summer 2016), an all-volunteer group with representatives from Gillings School faculty, staff, students

    Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, 2017-18

    and alumni. This group:

    • Reviews recommendations of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force and identifies emerging needs to prioritize Working Group activities.
    • Plans and delivers events, trainings and resources that help increase diversity and enhance inclusivity at the Gillings School.
    • Shares information and serves as a sounding board for issues related to diversity and inclusion across the Gillings School.
  • Developed position description for assistant dean for inclusive excellence (approved by UNC System leadership as of February 2017)
  • Initiated “Gillings Conversations” (Summer/Fall 2016), a series of reflection sessions on various topics related to inclusion and public health
  • Periodically provided reflection boards in atrium on timely topics for students, faculty and staff to post insights and thoughts
  • Student application and recruitment mechanisms strengthened to support principles of inclusion
  • Program for first generation graduate students initiated (now transferred to Graduate School)
  • Gillings School hosts two on-site “Mental Health First Aid” training sessions
  • Reestablished dedicated space for Minority Student Caucus
  • Established a prayer room in 16 Rosenau Hall


  • Workshop on creating inclusive classrooms offered at Gillings School (Spring 2017)
  • Search committee empaneled for Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence (Spring 2017)
  • Continued support for Minority Health Conference and National Health Equity Research Webinar (Spring and Fall 2017)
  • New auditorium in Rosenau Hall featuring latest technologies and adaptive lay-out to provide maximal participation for all  (April 2017)
  • Safe Zone training at Gillings School (April 2017)
  • Reflection session held in wake of Charlottesville, Virginia events (August 2017)

In the works

  • Develop stronger course evaluation items to assess equity/inclusion in all Gillings courses: on track to implement for Fall 2017 courses
  • Survey of all Gillings stakeholders re. their levels of participation in diversity, inclusion and equity professional development
  • Half-day retreat on inclusive leadership for Gillings School Dean’s Council
  • Additional trainings on creating inclusive classrooms

Revenue Generation: Key Actions and Achievements, 2010-Present

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  • Revenue Generation Task Force convened (Fall 2010) and offered key recommendations (Spring 2011).
  • The School’s Research and Innovation Solutions group developed an  intellectual property training program (Spring 2012).
  • UNC-RTI Consortium on Implementation Science with RTI International established (2013). The Consortium aims to maximize the Gillings School’s research capacity in implementation science while building a key partnership. In 2015, 29 Gillings faculty members partnered with RTI International on 18 of RTI’s external grant/contract proposals (PDF) with $7.9 million in funding requests.
  • Since 2008, 26 Gillings Innovation Labs have generated more than $30 million in follow-on funding, at least five times our original investment.

On the Horizon:

  • Partnership with 2U to develop online MPH
  • Partnership with UNC-Asheville for a joint MPH

Global School: Key Actions and Achievements, 2010-Present


  • Global School Task Force convened (Spring 2011) and recommended the creation of the “Gillings Global Gateway” to integrate, organize and promote the School’s global activities (Executive Summary (PDF), September 2012).


  • Global School Implementation Committee conducted a focus group with faculty and students from across the School to identify key issues, concerns and priority areas and also developed a pragmatic, phased implementation plan (Executive Summary (PDF), June 2013; complete Final Report (PDF), May 2013).
  • Gillings Global Gateway™ opened its doors.
  • Barbara (Bobbi) Wallace, MPH, was named Interim Executive Director and Peggy Bentley, PhD, Chamblee Distinguished Professor of nutrition, continued as associate dean of global health (June 2013).
  • Task force on Global Strategic Partnerships developed recommendations on priorities and processes (PDF) for selecting and investing in global partners.


  • Gillings Global Gateway™ sponsored the Global Healthy Aging Summit (February 2014) with partners at Cambridge University, MIT AgeLab, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and Carol Woods Retirement Community. They formed the Global Aging and Technology Collaborative in summer 2015. This group is now developing courses and planning demonstration projects together.
  • Jim Herrington, PhD, was appointed executive director of the Gillings Global Gateway™ and professor of the practice in health behavior in December 2015.
  • The School partnered with French the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique (Spring 2015).


  • Global online Master of Public Health (Go MPH)  launched in summer 2015. This fully online, CEPH-accredited MPH offers concentrations in applied implementation science and water and population health.
  • Intercultural lunch (spring 2015) connects diverse, global populations in the School.
  • UNC-Gillings celebrates 10 years of partnership with FHI 360 on the FHI 360-UNC Public Health Fellowship program.
  • Public Health Behind the Scenes podcast launched to highlight stories about people making a difference in public health in NC and around the world.
  • WHO names UNC as lead partner in global effort to save millions of lives, with Dr. Herbert B. Peterson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health leading the effort at Carolina.
  • The Gillings School formalizes its partnership with Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sante Publique (EHESP).



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Teaching and Learning: Key Actions and Achievements, 2010-Present


Students study in the downstairs atrium.


  • Call for proposal was released to fund creation or redesign of interdisciplinary public health courses and/or new approaches to teaching (2012). The six funded were:
    • Revamped core course in health behavior
    • New course on diet, physical activity, smoking and obesity
    • New course on public health entrepreneurship
    • Seed funds for interdisciplinary course in health policy
    • Seed funds for the Gillings Global Health Implementation Lab

Classrooms and Collaborative Spaces

  • Three different classrooms were newly redesigned to feature latest learning technologies including expanded capacity for collaborative learning (Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014). New classrooms are now the most popular teaching spaces in the School.
  • There are new collaborative learning spaces in McGavran-Greenberg Hall called the Chaney Collaborative Commons (2014) and in Rosenau Hall (2015).
  • With a generous gift from Joan Gillings, the large lecture hall (Rosenau 133) is under construction and will be completed in Spring of 2017.

Teaching and Learning

  • Celebrate Teaching All Year! (2012-present) was originally conceived to be held in February but is now held at regular intervals throughout the year. Each event features sessions on innovative teaching methods. Each spring, one faculty member per department wins a Teaching Innovation Award. Based on student nominations, the award recognizes innovative teaching methods and teaching excellence.
  • New schoolwide course evaluation measures were implemented to track whether and how the School is meeting or exceeding SPH2020 teaching and learning objectives (2011-present).

Global Online MPH

  • Global Online MPH (Go MPH) was launched as an all-online program with brand new integrated courses developed according to new ASPPH domains (2014).

Gillings MPH Core

  • Gillings MPH Core initiated the effort to develop an all-new suite of integrated core courses for all students earning the MPH at the Gillings School (started 2015 and is ongoing). As part of the effort, the School…
    • Hosted deans from ASSPH Schools (Columbia, Boston University and University of Southern Florida) that had recently updated MPH programs (Spring 2015);
    • Hosted town hall meetings and visited all departments to solicit input from entire School (Spring 2015)
  • Empaneled the MPH Core Planning committee (2015), which developed:
    • Principles to guide all work on the MPH Core
    • Draft competencies and framework for delivering the Gillings Integrated MPH Core
  • Empaneled MPH Core Implementation Committee (2016-17), which developed detailed plans for delivering Gillings Integrated MPH Core, including fully developed competencies and structures for summer “acceleration camp,” plus fall and spring semesters

On the Horizon

  • Partnership with 2U to develop online MPH
  • Partnership with UNC-Asheville for a joint MPH