Blue Gillings School horizontal logoThe 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. We hope you will use and benefit from the handbook.

Please note: This new handbook is a living document. We need students’ feedback to make it stronger and even more useful, so please share your comments.

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2018-2019 UNC Gillings School Student Handbook

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  • The University of North Carolina
  • The Graduate School
  • The Gillings School of Global Public Health

Message from the Dean

About the Gillings School

  • Mission Statement
  • Diversity Statement
  • School Leadership and Organizational Structure
  • Central Administration Information Dean’s Office Academic Affairs Student Affairs Career Services
  • Academic Unit Information Academic Unit Student Services Biostatistics Environmental Sciences and Engineering Epidemiology Health Behavior Health Policy and Management Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Public Health Leadership Program
  • Centers and Institutes North Carolina Institute for Public Health Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility Collaborative Studies Coordinating Center Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center UNC Center for Innovative Clinical Trials UNC Nutrition Obesity Research The Water Institute at UNC Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute Center for Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Office of Student Affairs
  • Student Organizations and Groups
  • Academic Unit (Departmental) Student Services

Academic Procedures and Services Across All Programs

  • Advising
  • Mentorship
  • Expectations for Students Progress Toward Degree Research Teaching Practice and Service Professional Development Assistantships and Financial Support Community Social Media Seeking Help and Communicating Concerns
  • Honor Code
  • University Academic Policies and Procedures
  • Calendars Gillings School Calendar Academic Calendar University Registrar’s Calendar Final Exam Schedule
  • Accessibility Resources and Accommodations
  • Academic Enrichment Program
  • School Awards
  • Student Emergency Fund
  • Diversity Resources
  • University Policy on Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct
  • Graduation
  • Laptop Policy

Undergraduate Education

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
  • BSPH Admissions Requirements
  • Requirements Common to All Undergraduate Majors in the Gillings School
  • Pursuing a Second Major
  • Pursuing an Academic Minor
  • Registration
  • Tar Heel Tracker
  • Drop/Add
  • Attendance
  • Excused Absences for Religious Reasons
  • Pass/D+/D/Fail
  • Undergraduate Grading
  • Dean’s List
  • Credit/Course Loads Academic Credit Overload Request Medical Underload Academic Appeals for an Underload Senior Underload
  • Repeating Courses
  • Academic Progression and Eligibility Requirements
  • Academic Appeal Types and Processes Petition to Drop After Eighth Week Past Semester(s) Course Drop Final Exam Excuse Grade Appeal Additional Semester Appeal Petition for Course Substitution for General Education Requirements
  • Withdrawals and Cancellations
  • Readmission
  • Student Resources
  • Course Approval for Transfer Credit
  • Degree Residency Requirement

Graduate Education

  • Transferring Course Credit
  • Graduate Grading Graduate Permanent Grades Special Permanent Grades Temporary Grades AB: Absent from Final Exam IN: Work Incomplete NR: Not Recorded
  • Leave of Absence
  • Withdrawal from the University
  • Cancellation of Registration
  • Registering for Courses Full-time Registration Waiver of Hours Required Registration Assistantships and Fellowships Examinations and Thesis/Dissertation Credit/Course Load Course Overload Request School Core Course Exemption Adding Courses Dropping Courses Post-Semester Registration Changes Inter-Institutional Registration
  • Parental Leave Policy
  • The Graduate and Professional Student Emergency Fund
  • Health Insurance Plans
  • North Carolina Residency
  • International Students
  • Funding Basics and Payment Schedule
  • Tuition Remission and In-state Tuition Awards
  • Assistantships and Fellowships
  • Master’s Program Credit and Residence Requirements The 20 Percent Rule Degrees - MPH - MSPH - MHA - MS - MSEE - MSCR
  • Doctoral Program Transferring Course Credits DrPH PhD
  • Dual-Degree Programs
  • Graduate Certificate Programs Residential Certificate Programs (for matriculated, degree-seeking students) Non-residential Certificate Programs (for non-matriculated students)
  • Transfer of Course Credit to Certificate Programs
  • Transfer of Course Credit to Degrees

This document was prepared by the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Office of Student Affairs. If you have questions or concerns, please comment here. Chapel Hill, N.C. August 2016

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