What is Experience Gillings?

Each spring, the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health hosts a program for applicants who have been admitted as newly-admitted students for the following fall. Admitted students can connect directly with current students and members of the School’s faculty and staff. We hope to offer a first-hand understanding of what the Gillings School provides: not only world-renowned public health education, but a diverse and collaborative community unlike any other.

Bring your questions about student life at Carolina, research opportunities, financial aid and life in Chapel Hill. View an updated list of frequently asked questions (PDF). We’re also happy to offer information about both on-campus and off-campus student life.

Experience Gillings 2022

Experience Gillings Event weeks will include both virtual and in-person sessions for admitted students. Experience Gillings will start with virtual schoolwide webinars the week of February 28, 2022. These topics include: Welcome and Overview, MPH Core, Funding and Financial Aid and Off-Campus Housing and Student Life. Newly admitted students are encouraged to attend virtual school webinars held during the week. Webinar sessions will also be recorded for those unable to attend.

Concentration/department-specific sessions will include in-person and virtual options. The MPH Program sessions will take place Friday, March 4, 2022, and Friday, April 1, 2022. Sessions for the non-MPH master’s and doctoral programs will take place Friday, March 25, 2022. Your specific concentration or department will contact you with additional information regarding concentration-specific sessions. Specific registration links will be included below for schoolwide webinar sessions and concentration/department-specific sessions.

Experience Gillings Mixer for BIPOC Students: Thursday, March 24, 5-6 p.m. ET

Join us for a virtual mixer for BIPOC students by registering here! This will be an opportunity for you to connect with Gillings faculty, staff, and students of color. Event hosted by Gillings Offices of Student Affairs, Inclusive Excellence, and the Minority Student Caucus.

Feb. 28 – March 4
Experience Gillings

Monday, February 28

2022 Experience Gillings Welcome Admitted Student Webinar (Monday, February 28, 2022)

Join the leaders of UNC Gillings--Senior Executive Director of Academic Advising and Student Affairs Greg Bocchino, Dean Barbara K. Rimer, Associate Dean Jeffrey Simms and Assistant Director of Admissions Crystal Isler--as they welcome you to the Gillings School community.

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Tuesday, March 1

2022 Experience Gillings: MPH Program Overview Webinar

The MPH Program Overview will cover topics specifically for newly admitted students in the MPH Program and all newly admitted MPH students are encouraged to attend.

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Wednesday, March 2

2022 Experience Gillings: Funding, Financial Aid and Tuition Tips (Wednesday, March 2, 2022)

This is a basic overview of financial resources and potential funding opportunities for Gillings School of Global Public Health admitted students.

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Thursday, March 3

2022 Experience Gillings: Off-Campus Housing and Student Life Webinar (Thursday, March 3, 2022)

Join the Off-Campus Housing Office and Gillings Ambassadors for an informational webinar on how to navigate your move to Chapel Hill with ease.

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Friday, March 25
Sessions for the non-MPH masters and doctoral programs

Sessions are listed alphabetically by department.


Environmental Sciences and Engineering (In-Person Event)
Admitted Graduate Student Day for all Admitted Graduate Students (MPH, MS, MSEE, MSPH, PHD)
Register for the In-Person Admitted Graduate Student Day event.

Epidemiology (All Doctoral Programs)

Health Behavior
Health Behavior Doctoral Virtual Session, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (ET)

Health Policy and Management
Health Policy and Management Doctoral Session, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (ET)

Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and Child Health Doctoral Virtual Session, 1:30-2 p.m. (ET)
Maternal and Child Health Student Panel, 2-3 p.m. (ET)

Nutrition BSPH Virtual Session, 3-4 p.m. (ET)

Friday, April 1
MPH Sessions

MPH sessions are listed alphabetically by concentration.

GillingsX In-Person Event, 5-6 p.m. (ET), Joan Heckler Gillings Auditorium (133 Rosenau Hall)
Three current students will present on their research on climate change and/or land sovereignty. A reception will follow. 

Applied Epidemiology Virtual Session, 1:30-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Environmental Health Solutions Virtual Session, 2-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Global Health Virtual Session, 1-2 p.m. (ET)

Health Behavior Virtual Session, 12:30-2 p.m. (ET)

Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights (EQUITY) In-Person Session, 3:30-5 p.m. (ET)

Leadership in Practice Virtual Session, 1-3 p.m. (ET)

Maternal, Child and Family Health MPH Virtual Session, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (ET)

Maternal, Child and Family Health Student Panel, 11:30 a.m.-Noon (ET)

Nutrition and Dietetics Virtual Session, 3-4 p.m. (ET)

Public Health Data Science Virtual Session, 1-2 p.m. (ET)

Directions and Accommodations

Need directions to the Gillings School or information about local accommodations? Visit our Maps and Directions page.Additional information about making in-person visits to campus may be found at the UNC Visitors Center website.

For more information on restaurants, outdoor activities or surrounding areas, visit our Life in Chapel Hill page.

Tour Gillings

View our 360° tour of the Gillings School.

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Armfield Atrium

Gillings Funding and Financial Aid Overview

Hear from our Student Funding and Awards Coordinator, and explore additional resources.


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