Dr. Barbara K. Rimer

Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH

Congratulations! You were accepted to the top public school of public health. You’re special! We are a very selective school. That you were accepted here means we are confident that you can succeed here.

Students love Chapel Hill; it is a great place to live. Like our School, the town offers an accessible, warm, welcoming community. I hope you’ll enroll at Gillings.

If you join us, you will work with some of the finest students, faculty and staff anywhere in a School known for its collegiality and collaborative environment. 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.

We’re all across North Carolina and in over 80 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, Quintiles and RTI.

These relationships help in getting jobs later. 96% percent of our students either have jobs in their fields or are continuing their education six months after graduation.

Thank you for applying here. We want to help you decide what’s right for you. For questions about your program, contact your department’s students services manager.

We hope you will pick UNC, but there are many good schools of public health. Wherever you go, best wishes for a healthy life and a wonderful career in public health. The world needs you!


Barbara K. Rimer

Blog: Monday Morning

If you've decided to attend UNC
If you haven't decided
We're so glad you're going to join us! You made a great decision! We'll work every day to deliver on your hopes and expectations and to ensure that your experience here is what you want and need. We'll help you gain knowledge, tools, skills, mentoring, networks and experiences in an environment that's diverse and inclusive. Know what is expected of you and do not hesitate to get help. Give us feedback; we'll act on it. (A few times each term, we hold Chat with the Deans sessions in the Armfield Atrium to talk about any topic of interest to students. Get to know Charletta Sims-Evans, our assistant dean for student affairs, and her team. They are great advocates for students.) Each department's student services professionals are great sources of information. Your academic adviser is a great source of advice and support. Your classmates will be your friends, confidantes and peers; some of them for long after you graduate. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us, even before you start. Learn about our student organizations. They're doing fabulous work! Meet some of our student entrepreneurs. Stay on top of current news and events at the School through our website, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages. We can't wait to meet you! Go Heels!
I remember agonizing over which SPH to attend many years ago. I hope you will join us. You'll get a first-rate education, vibrant global health program, some of the most motivated, competent and committed students in the world as your peers, the chance to make a difference, even while you are in school, and to be part of an amazing campus. You'll benefit from being in a strong department embedded in one of the very top schools of public health. Whether in the lab, community or clinic, you'll have great autonomy to determine your own destiny. We'll work with you so that you get an education second to none at a value that can't be matched. We remain one of the most affordable schools in the U.S. Some schools may offer larger scholarships, but that's partly because their tuition is so high.

Here are some of your options. You can:

  • Take courses at schools across this great campus, the Triangle area and around the world.
  • Travel across the state and around the world as part of your training experiences.
  • Choose from a range of certificates to sharpen your knowledge and skills in particular areas, such as health disparities, global health and health communication.
  • And when you finish here, you are very likely to get the job you want. Six months after graduation, 90% of our students either have jobs in their fields or are continuing their educations.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Charletta Sims-Evans, assistant dean for student affairs; Greg Bocchino, director of student services; the student services manager in your department, or email me at brimer@unc.edu.

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