Health Behavior Student Organizations

Health Behavior students tend to be involved in a variety of activities (and activism!) on and off campus, including a few departmental organizations.

Health Behavior MPH students attend a Durham Bulls baseball game

Health Behavior MPH students attend a Durham Bulls baseball game.

HB Global Health Roundtable

The Global Health Roundtable is a forum for Health Behavior students and faculty with an interest in global health to come together to share ideas, experiences and skill sets. The Roundtable is intended to complement other global health groups within the school by focusing specifically on the application of HB core skills to a variety of global health problems. Activities include roundtable discussions with speakers; social events that bring together students, alumni and faculty; short training sessions in skill sets related to international work; and a book club. The group’s faculty advisors are Clare Barrington, Suzanne Maman, Vivian Go, and Kate Muessig. To find out more about GHRT, contact co-chairs Deshira Wallace and Giuliana Morales.

HB Professional Development Committee

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) within the health behavior department is meant to compliment the Professional Development Seminar taught in the first year. Often, students seek more in depth information or technical assistance on certain topics, such as health communications, job searches, or resume workshops, which is offered through the PDC workshops. Usually in an informal setting, these additional learning opportunities are held about every 6 weeks during the school year and allow students to design, choose, and facilitate workshops that all HB students can benefit from.

HB Working Group on Gender, Migration and Health

The Working Group brings together professors, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students from UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University who work on issues of gender, migration, and health. The group facilitates discussions and activities around overall conditions affecting the health of migrant women and men across the Americas. Events include bi monthly seminars, guest speakers, and community outreach events. The group’s faculty advisors are Clare Barrington, Raúl Necochea, and Krista Perreira. To find out more about the Working Group, contact Dirk Davis.

HB Social Committee

The Health Behavior Social Committee brings together students who have a desire to plan events throughout the school year that include not only students, but faculty, staff, and local alumni. Members of the Social Committee plan regular HB events, an end-of-year party, and the Annual Holiday Party.


Campus Organizations with Health Behavior Students

Charla Hodges and Maryka LIer chaired the 35th Annual Minority Health Conference in 2014

Charla Hodges and Maryka LIer chaired the 35th Annual Minority Health Conference in 2014

Minority Health Conference
Many HB students work on the the Minority Health Conference, which is the largest and longest running student-led health conference in the country. The conference aims to raise awareness around health disparities and mobilize students, academics, and community members to take action for change. Started in 1977 by the Minority Student Caucus, the conference is nationally recognized and respected, attracting more than 500 attendees each year and hundreds more who view it via webcast.The Minority Health Conference is usually held in late February at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Research in Chapel Hill. Learn more at the Minority Health Conference website.

Minority Student Caucus
The Minority Student Caucus of Gillings School of Global Public Health is a student run organization whose mission is to collectively represent all students of color in the School on professional, social, and community issues that are of interest to them within the public health school, university, and larger community.