Topics: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Gillings School of Global Public Health is a professional school that works to improve public health and eliminate health disparities in North Carolina and around the country. The school serves around 1,700 students every year.

The school was founded in 1936. In 2008 it changed its name to the Gillings School of Global Public Health. This was in recognition of a donation made by Dennis and Joan Gillings. The $50 million gift was the single largest gift, at the time, in the history of the University.  

Professor Alice Ammerman accepts award with a "Hamilton" inspired rap

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UNC professor Alice Ammerman received the Thomas Jefferson award at Friday's Faculty Council meeting, where she accepted the honor with a “Hamilton” inspired rap and speech acknowledging her appreciation for the University. 

Q and A with Jean Chalachala

Jean Lambert Chalachala is a UNC alum, and graduated from Gillings School of Global Public Health and has been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Writer Lauren Talley talked with him about his work in the DRC and his education here at UNC. 

Research roundup for April 11, 2017

Researchers in the UNC School of Medicine have linked an orphan receptor with opioid-induced itching.

Orange, Wake ranked as North Carolina's healthiest counties in recent report

Wake and Orange counties are the healthiest counties in North Carolina, according to a recent report.

Conference focuses on race and discrimination in health fields


The Minority Student Caucus held their 38th annual Minority Health Conference last Friday and brought out numerous professionals in the field, including speaker Chandra Ford, a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Research roundup for Feb. 16, 2017


UNC is creating a program to help provide Medication Assisted Treatment to rural communities in North Carolina. This initiative is part of a project to help rural physicians treat opioid use disorders, which is part of the larger opioid epidemic.

Trump administration raises health care concerns among women


Some Republican U.S. Congress members have begun efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — but questions remain about how women’s health care might change.

North Carolina's child mortality rate remains stagnant

The overall child mortality rate in North Carolina remained stagnant between 2014 and 2015 — caused in part by the unwavering mortality rate of infants.

Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare on shaky ground

President-elect Donald Trump consistently called for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act during his campaign, but his plan to replace it has remained a mystery.

NC scientists pitch in to help fight spread of Zika virus

Zika isn’t in North Carolina, and researchers across the state are working hard to keep it that way.

Scholar program adds new faculty members

Ten UNC faculty members were recently selected for the sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars.

As Zika continues to spread, NC's mosquitoes pose a problem

With their annual Memorial Day recess fast approaching, Congress remains locked in debate over funding to combat the growing threat of Zika virus in the United States.

Tobacco research meeting forced to relocate due to HB2 travel bans on N.C.

An annual meeting to discuss tobacco control research — typically held on UNC's campus — was forced to relocate to Missouri, thanks to travel bans implemented by other states in response to House Bill 2. 

Biden brings cancer discussion from White House


Vice President Joe Biden prepared more than funny anecdotes for his audience at Duke University on Wednesday — he had a message of hope.

UNC study determines effectiveness of physical fitness trackers

The Gillings School of Global Public Health partnered with the research institute RTI International to see if Fitbits and other activity trackers are truly accurate.

BEBES shows benevolence for babies with diaper drive

On Nov. 14, volunteers will help assemble and distribute diaper bundles to low-income families. 

'Doctors for Diversity' moves toward equal health care

By Katie Rice

Staff Writer 

To foster conversations about student and faculty diversity, the UNC School of Medicine and the Whitehead Medical Society held their inaugural event “Doctors for Diversity” Tuesday at the Medical Biomolecular Research Building. 

The event was organized by student members of the Resident Diversity Initiative and the Diversity Council.

Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope for public health awareness


Jump ropes whizzed through the air, and sneaker-clad feet pounded the ground when the Bouncing Bulldogs jump rope team performed at the Gillings School of Global Public Health on Wednesday afternoon.

Q&A with astronaut and speaker John B. Herrington


John B. Herrington, an astronaut and an advocate for education, was recognized as the first Native American man to go to space.

Dental school provides free dental work for dozens of children

Armed with dental instruments, feather boas and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles masks, more than 100 children ran around the UNC School of Dentistry this Friday. 

UNC will take AAU's sexual assault survey

The development of a new Association of American Universities survey on campus sexual assault climates continues — and though nearly half of the AAU’s members have declined, UNC will participate.

Q&A with Ph.D. student, Jeopardy contestant Che Smith


After taking an online test and trying out in Washington, D.C., Che Smith was invited to be taped on “Jeopardy!” in August. A Ph.D. student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Smith made her TV appearance Thursday.

UNC student brings first American Mock World Health Organization to Chapel Hill

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health will host students from across the country this weekend for the first American Mock World Health Organization conference

UNC professor Bill Gentry spent 30 years responding to disasters


When it comes to disaster preparation, Bill Gentry knows what he’s doing.

Former UNC professor John Briscoe awarded for water work


Former UNC professor John Briscoe received the Stockholm Water Prize, known informally as the “Nobel Prize of water,” earlier this year for his dedication to working on global water policies.