At the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, we’re a community impatient for change. Big problems require big solutions, and we believe we can make a world of difference for communities facing public health challenges ranging from poor water quality to disease epidemics to systemic racism.
As the No. 1-ranked public school of public health and No. 2 overall,1 the UNC Gillings School has all the advantages of a large, top-tier university while retaining a small-school feel and an open-door culture.
MPH@UNC, our online Master of Public Health (MPH) program, makes our world-class teaching, pioneering research and experiential learning opportunities available to current and aspiring public health professionals around the world.
Advancing health for all isn’t optional — it’s the fight of our lives.
Our mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world.
Our program of collaborative teaching, research and service is designed to support a diverse and inclusive anti-racist community prepared to eliminate 21st-century health inequities.
The work we do is guided by strongly held values. We are committed to the following:
Diversity, equity and inclusion among our faculty, staff and students
Being accountable and responsible to the communities we serve
The belief that all people should be treated with civility, dignity and respect
High standards of excellence, professional ethics and personal integrity in all that we do
Being anti-racist and disrupting discrimination and oppression when they appear
A student-centered environment that provides an unsurpassed educational experience with accessible, top-quality faculty and staff
Commitment to Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence
The American Public Health Association (APHA) recognizes racism as a public health crisis,2 and we couldn’t agree more.
Gillings has been working toward fostering an inclusive environment since the School was established in 1940, and diversity and inclusion are infused into our research priorities, curricula, student organizations and activities, community partnerships and recruiting efforts.
Learn more about how Gillings is working to eliminate inequities and tackle racism at home and abroad:
Dr. Barbara K. Rimer, dean of the Gillings School, shares her insights on critical issues from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter to global health policies.
The Global — and Local — Gillings Community
The Gillings community of practical idealists spans not only all 100 counties in North Carolina, but across 60 countries and six continents. A joint local and global focus is woven throughout all research, teaching and practice activities at the Gillings School.
Get to know some of our people and the influential work they’re doing in communities around the world:
See how students participate in experiential learning opportunities in North Carolina, across the United States and around the world through the Gillings MPH practicum.