What is Experience Gillings?

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

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Experience Gillings 2024

Experience Gillings Events will include both virtual and in-person opportunities for admitted students.

VIRTUAL: Virtual meetings are scheduled by topic in March. Select virtual meetings will be recorded and shared on this page. Events will be posted below soon by topic.

IN-PERSON: Our in-person event will take place Friday, April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2024.  Registration is required (see below for a registration link after the tentative schedule).

Virtual Events and Recordings for Experience Gillings

Please see below for virtual events by program/concentration:

  • Biostatistics (MS, PhD) – March 22, 2024, 10:00am EST
  • Environmental Sciences and Engineering Department (MS, MSEE, PhD, MPH Environment, Climate and Health)
    • Department Welcome, Overview and Alum Panel
    • Student Research Speed Talk and Student Panel
    • Note these two events will be live streamed from the department-specific event that day for those unable to attend; a recording will be posted here later)
  • Epidemiology PhD Program – March 26, 2024, 12:00pm EST – Click HERE to join Zoom, Passcode 3985089
  • Health Behavior PhD Program
    • March 18, 2024, 12:00pm EST
    • March 19, 2024, 4:00pm EST
    • March 20, 2024 Student Panel Session 5:00pm EST
  • Health Policy and Management PhD Program – March 22, 2024, 11:30am EST
  • Health Policy and Management Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) – March 22, 2024, 2:00pm EST
  • Health Policy and Management Master of Science in Public Health Health (MSPH)  – March 22, 2024, 2:00pm EST
  • Maternal and Child Health PhD Program – March 19, 2024, 9:00am EST
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
    • Applied Epidemiology – Click HERE to view the recording
    • Environment, Climate and Health – March 22, 2024, 2:15pm-3:15pm EST
    • Global Health – March 27, 2024, 9:00am EST – Click HERE to join Zoom, Passcode 022110
    • Health Behavior – Click HERE to view the recording
    • Health Equity and Social Justice – March 21, 2024, 12:00pm EST
    • Health Policy – Click HERE to view the recording
      • Virtual Chat with Faculty – April 11, 12:30pm-1:00pm EST – Click HERE to join the Zoom
    • Leadership in Practice – March 21, 2024, 1:00pm EST
    • Maternal, Child and Family Health – March 20, 2024, 9:00am EST – Click HERE to view the recording
    • Nutrition – March 20, 2024, 1:00pm EST
    • Nutrition and Dietetics – March 18, 2024, 7:00pm EST
    • Population Health for Clinicians – March 18, 2024, 2:00pm EST
    • Public Health Data Science – March 25, 2024, 12:00pm EST – Click HERE to view the recording

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6
In-Person Program Event

Experience Gillings (in-person) for admitted students will be held on Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6. Please see below for additional details. Registration is required (see below for a registration link after the tentative schedule).

Please note that the Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership (DrPH), Doctoral Program in Nutrition (PhD), the MPH Population Health for Clinicians Concentration, and the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) programs will not host program sessions at this event. If admitted to one of these programs, you will receive information about other events specific to your program. The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering MS, MSEE, PhD and Master of Public Health in Environment, Climate and Health will participate in Experience Gillings and host a separate in-person event on Friday, March 22, 2024, for which you can register here.

Experience Gillings In-Person Event Tentative Schedule:

Friday, April 5, 2024

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Check-in and Information Fair in the Armfield Atrium
    • Pick up your detailed schedule and speak with representatives from housing, financial aid and scholarships, admissions, careers services, and others.
  • 1:30pm-5:00pm Welcome and Program/Concentration Information Sessions
    • Learn more about Gillings and its many resources from school leadership and hear directly from your specific program/concentration in our break out sessions. A separate session will be available for parents, partners, friends, and family members providing tips on how to support their graduate student.
  • 6:00pm-8:00pm Evening Social
    • Sample a bit of what Chapel Hill has to offer while you relax with current students at one of our favorite local hang outs off Franklin Street.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

  • 9:00am-10:00am Student Showcase
    • Hear from current students across degree programs as they share about their practicum experiences, research, and campus/community involvement.
  • 10:00am-11:00am Mini Lectures
    • Sit in on a mini-lecture facilitated by one of our incredible faculty members and experience what classes are like at Gillings.
  • 11:00am-12:30pm Alumni Panel Brunch
    • Ask questions of our esteemed alumni and discover where your time at Gillings can take you.
  • 12:30pm Campus and Facility Tours
    • Check out more of what Gillings and the UNC campus have to offer before wrapping up your visit.

Please click here to register for Experience Gillings. We rely on accurate registration numbers for planning our food, space, and programming. Please keep this in mind as you complete your registration.

Admitted Student Resources

Visit our Admitted Students page.

Review the Admitted Student Checklist.

Join our LinkedIn group for admitted Gillings students.

Meet our Gillings Ambassadors.

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.

If you or someone from your party requires accommodations or has dietary restrictions, please indicate this when registering for an event. You may also contact us directly at sph-admissions@unc.edu.

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E-mail: sph-admissions@unc.edu

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