Dean Barbara K. Rimer

Dean Barbara K. Rimer

Congratulations! You have been accepted to the top public school of public health. You’re special! Gillings is a very selective school of public health. Our acceptance means that we are confident you will succeed here.

Over the past year – while the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic turned the world upside-down, testing us beyond anything we might have imagined – Gillings School students, faculty, staff and alumni have made extraordinary contributions to equity-focused public health research, practice, teaching, learning and community-building. Public health is critical to the future of the planet and to recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Your interest in a degree in public health at this critical time says a lot about you. I hope you will join us at UNC Gillings in Chapel Hill!

Students love Chapel Hill; it is a great place to live, pandemic or no pandemic. Like our School, the town offers an accessible, warm, welcoming community. We are hopeful that COVID-19 vaccines and continued public health measures will enable a return to in-person educational and social experiences on and off-campus by fall 2021.

If you join us at Gillings, you will work with some of the finest students, faculty and staff anywhere, in a School known for its collegiality and collaborative environment. You will receive a world-class education at a competitive price. Visit our Awards and Funding website to explore different resources that are available to help finance your education. At Gillings, you can be a leader in the SPH and serve on key committees, including the School’s Dean’s Council. You can lead student organizations, community organizations, or sometimes, create your own. One of our student organizations leads the longest-running, largest minority health conference in the country. You also will have access to our 21,000 living alumni all over the world, many of whom will be delighted to share their experiences, hear your story and give you advice and feedback.

We are advancing public health all across North Carolina and in 60 countries around the world. See our map to learn more about where we are in the world. Students also benefit from many resources in the Research Triangle area, including our close relationships with organizations like IntraHealth International, FHI 360, IQVIA and RTI. Although travel is limited now, our faculty members are finding ways to help students engage globally while living locally.

These relationships help graduating students to get positions they love: 97% of our students either have jobs in their fields or are continuing their education six months after graduation.

Thank you for applying to the Gillings School. We want to help you decide what’s right for you. For questions about your program, contact your Academic Coordinator. If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Charletta Sims-Evans, associate dean for student affairs, or Greg Bocchino, senior executive director of academic advising and student affairs.

The world needs passionate, purpose-driven, analytic, real-world visionaries with heart to join the next generation of public health professionals. We hope you will choose UNC Gillings. The world needs more Gillings School graduates — including you! Whatever path you choose, I hope that it is the beginning of an exciting journey.

With best wishes for a wonderful career in public health,

Barbara K. Rimer

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