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.

Where They Have Been

Our students include first generation college graduates, researchers, Peace Corps and Teach for America volunteers, clinicians, public health professionals and community advocates. Although their previous experiences differ, health behavior students share a demonstrated passion for public health and a dedication to bettering the lives of those around them.

Launching a Venture
"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. Our project aims to provide high-quality, individualized sexual health education online in order to decrease rates of teen pregnancy and prevent STIs."
Liz Chen, MPH, doctoral student
MyHealthEd co-founder

Where They Are Now

Through their coursework, students learn from leading researchers and practitioners and work on current public health problems both in the classroom and out in the field. MPH students must complete a practicum and Capstone project, and doctoral students’ work culminates in their dissertation.

Outside of the classroom, there are a variety of professional, personal and career development extracurricular activities for students to take part in. Many take up leadership roles with the Minority Health Conference, publish and present their work in journals and conferences across the country, and some even begin their own initiatives.

Where They Are 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.

Are you up to the challenge of being a health behavior student?

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