Leadership is our tradition.

As the oldest public university in the nation, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is steeped in a deep tradition of public education and service. The UNC School of Medicine is an integral part of that storied history with roots reaching back to medical classes taught in 1879.
Today, more than 7,000 UNC Medical Alumni have made their mark in medicine across the state and beyond.

A Track Record of Excellence

Our ability to adapt to an ever-evolving health care environment has allowed us to lead in delivering outstanding education, clinical care and research for all.
We are ranked 3rd in primary care education among all US schools.
We are ranked 6th among public peers in NIH research funding.
We are home to 16 top-ranked MD and basic science departments in research funding.
Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions.

UNC School of Medicine Mission

To improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians and others whom we serve.

Patient Care

We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.


We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative and integrated curricula and team oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.


We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration amongst disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic and population research.