Welcome Gillings Students!

Gillings Academic Advising is here to help you from the summer before you begin to graduation day. This page serves as a hub for information on registration, forms and policies, and other advising resources.

Can't find what you are looking for? Email your Academic Coordinator.

About Your Academic Coordinator

Your Academic Corodinator:

  • Is assigned concentration by your or program
  • Serves as your primary academic advisor
  • Serves as an expert in navigating academic policies, procedures, degree requirements and campus resources
  • Helps with necessary paperwork including, but not limited to, registration information and processes, policy exceptions, transfer requests and continuous enrollment or leave of absences
  • Assists in tracking your progress toward degree completion
  • Is available via email, appointment or drop-in
  • Assists with group/cohort academic advising sessions

Academic Coordinators (ACs) have expert knowledge of the degree requirements within a program of study and a working knowledge of academic options and resources at Gillings and throughout the University. ACs are expected to involve students in decision-making about their program requirements and options ACs will encourage students to ask questions, gather information, and get the resources needed to have a successful experience.

What can your Academic Coordinator help with?

  • Academic Success Strategies: ACs can help you learn strategies for success at Gillings, including effective study habits, test-taking strategies, time management and addressing test anxiety
  • Academic Advising: ACs can help navigate degree requirements, clarify progress towards degree completion, and review graduation timelines
  • Campus Involvement: ACs are knowledgeable about opportunities for making the most of your Gillings experience, getting involved with groups at Gillings or on campus and in the community
  • Identify Campus Resources: Ever feel overwhelmed or stressed out? Your AC can connect you with the right resources at Gillings or on campus to help clear a path to success

Request to Change My Gillings Academic Coordinator

The partnership with your academic coordinator is extremely important to your success at Gillings, as they are your guide in helping you with academic planning in order for you to and achieve your academic, personal, and professional goals. In addition, we want you to feel confident in the support and advocacy your academic coordinator provides, while also ensuring that your advising needs are being met. In order to request a change, please email your name, PID#, and the reason for your request to sph-osa@sph.unc.edu.

Advising Resources for All Students


Guide to Registration at UNC
The Office of the University Registrar has created a guide to help all new and continuing students with registration questions and resources.

Forms and Policies

Gillings Registrar – Forms
Find forms and deadlines for major change, course overload, drop/add/audit, exam excuses, international travel and more.

Gillings Student Handbook
The Gillings School Student Handbook is an important resource for ensuring your success at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. It is a welcome for new students and a source of information for all students. It covers major policies and procedures within the School and informs you about our history, mission and organization. It is a “how-to, where-to,” go-to guide, designed to answer many of your questions about getting things done while you are a student here.

For Incoming Students

Gillings Schoolwide Welcome
The Gillings School offers both in-person and virtual orientation events for newly matriculated residential students.

For Graduating Students

Gillings Commencement
The Gillings School provides information about commencement that is updated each Spring. View graduation steps, regalia information, frequently asked questions and more.

Graduation Information from the University Registrar
View important graduation dates, directions for applying to graduate, graduation tips, commencement information and more.


Gillings School Awards, Funding and Financial Aid
View information about student awards, financial aid, funding opportunities, job postings and more.

Student Employment 
View information about navigating employment as a student at UNC.

Getting Involved

Gillings Student Organizations and Groups
View the dozens of student organizations available to Gillings students.

Discover opportunities to join student organizations and attend events across the University.

Professional Development and Career Services

Gillings School Career Services
When it comes to competing for professional opportunities, engaging with the Gillings Career Services office ensures that you are among the best-prepared candidates in the marketplace. Preparation is critical to career success.

Handshake is the career portal for all UNC students.

University Career Services
Resources for finding internship opportunities, jobs, preparing you resume/CV and more.

Advising Resources for Undergraduate Students

For Incoming Undergraduate Students

UNC Admissions Checklist
Undergraduate Admissions has compiled a checklist for all incoming undergraduate students that contains information about financial aid, setting up your UNC email, placement exams and more.

Getting Involved

Student Programming – UNC Student Affairs
View information about the campus life experience and travel scholarships for undergraduate students.

Advising Resources for Graduate Students


Registration Information from the Graduate School
View important information from the Graduate School about maintaining full-time student status, registration requirements for assistantships and fellowships, adding and dropping courses and more.

MPH@UNC Registration Guide
*For MPH@UNC Students Only* View step-by-step instructions on registering for classes.

Forms and Policies

Graduate School Handbook
The Graduate School Handbook contains most of the policies and procedures of the Graduate School. Students should become familiar with the material relevant to their degree.

Graduate School Academic Forms
Find fillable PDFs for relevant Graduate School forms.

Graduate School Student Policies
View Graduate School academic policies, employment/human resources policies, financial policies, teaching policies, travel policies and more.

MPH Asheville – Academic Coordinator and Director Roles and Responsibilities
*For MPH Asheville Students Only* View information about the roles and responsibilities of the academic coordinator and program director.

MPH@UNC – Academic Coordinator and Student Success Advisor Roles and Responsibilities
*For MPH@UNC Students Only* View information about the roles and responsibilities of the academic coordinator and student success advisor.

For Incoming Graduate Students

Graduate School Checklist
The Graduate School has compiled a checklist for all incoming graduate students that covers accepting your offer, transcripts, health insurance information, residency and more.

MPH New Student Checklist
All MPH student are encouraged to follow this checklist to make the transition to UNC a bit easier.

Residential MPH Frequently Asked Questions
View frequently asked questions about the residential MPH degree program including information about admissions, concentrations, degree program, funding and practicum.

MPH@UNC Portal
*For MPH@UNC Students Only* Visit the MPH@UNC student portal to view information needed to successfully complete the MPH@UNC degree.

For Graduating Students

Apply to Graduate
View information about deadlines for applying to graduate through the Graduate School.

Graduation Clearance
Degree requirements and milestones vary by academic program, but the Graduate School maintains a list of the most common milestones required for degree clearance.

Graduation Deadlines from the Graduate School
View important deadlines from the Graduate School including dissertation and thesis deadlines and degree award dates.

Submitting your Thesis or Dissertation
Find resources and guidelines on how to prepare and submit your thesis/dissertation to the Graduate School.

MPH Requirements for Graduation
View graduation requirements for MPH degrees.


Graduate Funding Information Center
The Graduate Funding Information Centers provides students with assistance and instruction on the best use of resources to help you find appropriate funding opportunities and craft strong applications for submission.

Stipend and Benefits Information
View information about graduate stipends, taxes, service stipends, non-service stipends, tuition and fees, eligibility requirements and health insurance from the Graduate School.

Professional Development and Career Services

CareerWell Professional Development
The Graduate School’s CareerWell Professional Development program provides training opportunities and resources to graduate students.

Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Students
View a list of professional development opportunities for graduate students maintained by the Graduate and Professional Student Government.

MPH@UNC Virtual Career Center
*For MPH@UNC Students Only* The Virtual Career Center is a series of asynchronous instructional and reference materials to help you create an impactful resume, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter.  It can help you prepare for interviews and negotiate job offers.  It will help you develop your own personal branding.

Culture of Health
Gillings School of Global Public Health