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About the Institute

The vision of the Water Institute at UNC is to bring together individuals and institutions from diverse disciplines and sectors and empower them to work together to solve the most critical global issues in water and health.

The unprecedented water crisis has created an extraordinary need for academic leadership in research, information, and education at the nexus of water and public health. The Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill recognizes that water is a linchpin of public health in the 21st century, and that we have both the unique opportunity and the responsibility to take our leadership role in water and health to a new level. The school's commitment is demonstrated by the creation and support of The Water Institute at UNC, one of the Gillings Gift strategic investments.

Research: we provide leadership and direction in tackling critical knowledge gaps that hamper progress in water, sanitation, health and development. We have developed a collaborative, forward-thinking research program built around the most urgent, important problems identified by our partners, both in the US and across developing and developed nations. We proactively identify knowledge gaps and act early on emerging issues. Our research is not limited to technical solutions, but to innovations in policy, finance, and entrepreneurship that make business sense and lead to sustainable real-world progress.

Teaching: we leverage our ability for effective change. At UNC, and through innovative distance learning programs and hands-on learning, we help to fill the enormous global need for relevant, accessible training.

Knowledge Dissemination: we offer policy makers, practitioners, and the public and private sectors a place to turn for balanced, objective and relevant information on water, health and development. We work to ensure that funders and projects in the field benefit from the latest information on effectiveness and impact, and that scientific research is translated into cutting-edge work with the potential to transform the water and sanitation landscape in the US and the developing world.

Contact us at waterinstitute[at]unc[dot]edu.