Health Behavior Students

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The Department of Health Behavior has a talented, engaged and committed student body consisting of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life.

They come  here because of our reputation, our unique practicum and Capstone project for MPH students and the opportunities for service and research.

HB Student Organizations

Health Behavior students are involved in activities and activism on and off campus. Check out our HB Student Organizations .

HB-10-Reasons-BoxWhy do they come here?

We asked our students what factors played a role in making the decisions to enroll here in our annual student survey in spring 2015.

They all  mentioned the Gillings School’s reputation. MPH students frequently mentioned the unique Practicum and Capstone Projects. Doctoral students mentioned  the opportunity to work with our faculty   on issues they care about.

Click on 10 Reasons to Apply to find out the top 10 reasons for MPH and doctoral students.

Who are they?

Our students include first generation college graduates, researchers, Peace Corps and Teach for America volunteers, clinicians, public health professionals and community advocates.

They are millennials and mid-career. Some are new to public health, some are shifting gears to advance within public health.

They share a demonstrated passion for public health and a dedication to bettering the lives of those around them.

What do they do while they are here?

HB-Student-Resources-Box Through their coursework, students learn from leading researchers and practitioners and work on current public health problems both in the classroom and in practice. MPH students must complete a practicum and the Health Behavior Capstone.Doctoral students develop the skills to lead and conduct research projects. Our Student Services Team provides resources on topics including the School, University, community, in-state residency and housing.

Outside the classroom, they pursue professional, personal and career development extracurricular activities for students. Many of our students take leadership roles with the Minority Health Conference, publish and present their work in journals and conferences across the country. Some begin their own initiatives.

Where are they going?

Health behavior students graduate from a distinguished school of public health with a versatile, marketable skill-set. Employers recognize the outstanding experience and training students gain from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, giving our graduates an edge in the job market. Our alumni occupy a range of positions such as: senior research analyst, professor, behaviorist, community health educator, and program and evaluation consultant. See more about what our alumni are doing.

Liz Chen, MPH and doctoral candidate

Liz Chen, Health Behavior MPH, founder of MyHealthEd, doctoral student

“The mentorship and resources I have received as a student allowed me to secure a $50,000 grant from the State Employees Credit Union to fund MYHEALTHED, which aims to provide high-quality, individualized sexual health education online in order to decrease rates of teen pregnancy and prevent STIs.”




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