April 25, 2023

Once again, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health was ranked by peer leaders as the number one public school of public health in the United States — tied for number two overall. The 2023-2024 rankings were published April 25 by U.S. News and World Report.

Dean Nancy Messonnier

Dean Nancy Messonnier

“I am both proud and grateful to see the Gillings School ranked so highly by our peers,” said Nancy Messonnier, MD, dean and Bryson Distinguished Professor in Public Health at the Gillings School. “The pride rests entirely on the shoulders of our community members — the faculty, students, staff, alumni and donors whose brilliance and unwavering commitment to public health have changed so many lives for the better. The gratitude stems from my deep admiration for our fellow public health schools and programs. Their efforts inspire us and make me thankful for our global network, which trains the public health leaders of tomorrow.”

This announcement marks the fifth consecutive rankings period in which UNC Gillings was ranked second overall and the number one public school of public health by the magazine. The Gillings School continuously has been ranked among the top three schools and programs of public health by U.S. News since the magazine first ranked public health schools in 1987.

The overall school rankings results are based on peer assessment surveys that were sent to deans and other administrators or faculty at the 206 public health schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

The 2023-2024 edition also introduces five new rankings in specialty areas of public health. All five of the Gillings School’s departments that were ranked in these individual categories placed within the top ten. The Department of Epidemiology was ranked third; the Departments of Biostatistics, Health Behavior, and Health Policy and Management were ranked fourth; and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering was ranked seventh.

“In celebrating these rankings results, I owe a debt of gratitude to my predecessor, Dean Emerita Barbara K. Rimer,” added Dean Messonnier. “She led the School expertly for 17 years, and our ongoing success is part of her legacy.”

Full rankings are available at the U.S. News and World Report website.

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