The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

  • Ranked the number one public school of public health in the nation, number two among all schools, public or private (U.S. News & World Report, 2007).
  • One of about 40 in the country accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the independent agency charged by the U.S. Department of Education with reviewing and evaluating schools of public health.
  • The second largest school of public health in the U.S., with more than 200 full-time faculty.
  • Comprises eight degree-granting divisions, including the departments of Epidemiology, Environmental Sciences and Engineering , Health Policy and Management, Health Behavior and Health Education, Nutrition, Biostatistics, and Maternal and Child Health, as well as the Public Health Leadership Program (formerly Public Health Nursing, one of the four original departments in the School).
  • Grantor of doctoral, master’s and undergraduate degrees and certificates to residential and distance learning students.



  • Supported in the areas of service and outreach by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health. The Institute extends the School’s service capabilities and promotes the School’s commitment to community service as its public responsibility.
  • Home to about 1,700 students each year: 65% from North Carolina; 10% from outside the U.S., and about 600 in distance education programs.


Public health advances require collaboration among many disciplines, so our proximity to UNC’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy allows our undergraduate and graduate students access not only to our state-of-the-art Michael Hooker Research Center but also to labs and classrooms dedicated to promoting public health in its many forms.

Last modified: 01/19/21