Health Behavior Community Partners


Lauren Wall, Senior Innovation Manager at MiracleFeet, who was a preceptor for a practicum student in 2016, speaks to students at Practicum Day 2016

The Department of Health Behavior is committed to academic-community partnerships that simultaneously enhance student learning, build organizational capacity and improve public health. Health behavior students contribute over 23,000 hours of work to partner agencies every year.

Could your organization benefit from the knowledge, skills and energy health behavior students bring to the work? If so, select one of the tabs below to find out how to partner with the department. (On a phone or tablet that does not show tabs, scroll down.)


Capstone (HBEH 746/992) is a year-long, group-based, mentored service-learning course. It is the culminating experience of the Master in Public Health Program in health behavior. Teams of four to six students partner with local organizations for one academic year to produce a set of products that serve one overarching goal and enhance the partner organization’s mission. The scope of work is defined by the partner organization. This approach to developing the Capstone work prioritizes the specific needs of community partners and gives health behavior students an opportunity to complete applied public health work on a range of topics in a variety of settings with diverse populations.

UNC Health Behavior Capstone Overview and FAQ

Any organization within a one-hour drive of Chapel Hill, North Carolina that addresses a public health issue can host a Capstone team.

Leadership must be in full support of the Capstone project work and commit the resources necessary to carry it out.

The preceptor must have the time (estimated to be two to three hours per week), expertise and interest to mentor four to six public health graduate students.

To apply for a Capstone team, follow the steps below:

1-Read the Overview and FAQ.

2-Schedule a phone call or meeting with Meg Landfried (; 919-966-0057), Capstone course instructor, by January 23, 2017 to discuss the idea for a Capstone project.

3-Fill out a Health Behavior Capstone Project Proposal Form and save it as a Microsoft Word document using the following naming convention: Organization Name_HB Capstone Proposal 2017-2018.

4-Obtain a letter of support from your organization’s leadership. The letter of support should explain how the Capstone project goal will enhance the organization’s mission and demonstrate commitment to the resources and support (including staff time) needed to carry out the project work.

5-Email the completed proposal form and the letter of support to Meg Landfried by February 3, 2017.

UNC Health Behavior Capstone Project Proposal Form


The health behavior practicum is an individualized, mentored, on-site work experience that bridges academic training and applied public health practice. Health behavior students must complete a minimum of 240 hours of practicum work over the summer between the first and second years in the program.

UNC Health Behavior MPH Practicum FAQ

Agencies or organizations hosting practicum students must work with public health data, planning, provision of services or policy.

Preceptors must hold an MPH degree or have an equivalent degree and experience.

Send a description of the practicum opportunity to Meg Landfried. Include the following information when describing a practicum opportunity:

  • Practicum Agency Contact Information: Address, website, and phone number for your organization
  • Practicum Description: An overview of the major activities associated with the practicum
  • Final Deliverable(s): The products that will result from the student’s work (e.g., curriculum, manuscript, evaluation report, or database)
  • Skills Required: Skills that students must already have before completing the practicum (e.g., computer skills, language skills, experience with a specific task, or knowledge of a particular health topic)
  • Timeline: When the student will be expected to complete the work
  • Funding: The amount of funding (hourly wage or stipend) available, if applicable
  • Application Instructions: Steps the student should take to learn more about the opportunity or apply for it.

UNC Health Behavior MPH Practicum FAQ

Annex B includes a sample practicum opportunity description.

Questions? Contact Meg Landfried.

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