Health Behavior Students
Links to Student Resources
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 .
About our Students
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?
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?
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 Capstone Project project.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.
“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.”