Health Behavior Students


Nicole Robinson-Ezekwe presented her practicum poster, Conducting Formative Research to Adapt an Evidence-based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program in Rural Communities, on the Gillings School’s Practicum Day, in fall 2015.

The Department of Health Behavior attracts a talented, engaged and committed student body consisting of individuals from many backgrounds and walks of life. They come because of the department’s reputation, the unique practicum and Capstone project and the opportunities to engage in service and research on issues they care about. Students are featured in the UNC-Gillings news frequently. See select stories about students on the Health Behavior Student News page.

Student organizations

Health behavior students are involved in activities and activism on and off campus. Check out the Student Organizations page.

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

In a survey conducted in spring 2015, health behavior students were asked what factors informed their decision to enroll in health behavior.

All of the students mentioned the Gillings School’s reputation. Students in health behavior master’s program frequently mentioned the unique practicum and Capstone component of that program. Doctoral students mentioned the opportunity to conduct research on compelling issues under the guidance of outstanding faculty members.

Read 10 Reasons to Apply to see more.

Who are they?

Health behavior students include first generation college graduates, researchers, returned Peace Corps volunteers, Teach for America veterans, clinicians, public health professionals and community activists.

They are millennials and midcareer professionals. Some want to enter the public health profession while others want to earn a degree that will allow them to advance within the profession.They share a passion for public health and a dedication to bettering the lives of individuals and communities.

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 in the classroom and in practice. Students in the master’s program must complete a practicum and the Health Behavior Capstone. Doctoral students develop the skills to lead and conduct research projects.

Outside of their studies, students pursue professional, personal and career development interests. Many of our students take leadership roles with the Minority Health Conference and students in both the doctoral and master’s programs publish or present their work in journals and at conferences. Some students are entrepreneurs and apply their school experience to enhance a business or nonprofit organization that they created.


Ingrid Morris, MPH 2003, Healthcare Program Developer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

Where are they going?

Health behavior students graduate from a distinguished school of public health with a versatile, marketable set of skills. Employers recognize the outstanding experience and training students gain from the Gillings School. Health behavior alumni work in positions including senior research analyst, professor, behaviorist, community health educator, program management or monitoring and evaluation consultant, adviser, director and vice president. See more about our alumni.




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