Health Behavior


MPH students volunteering at an orphanage during fall break.

Health education intersects with the social and behavioral sciences to deliver practical research and solutions that improve the health of individuals and communities. Our faculty members include experts from behavioral science, communications, health education, international health, medicine, medical sociology and social psychology. Read more.

Our research strengths include:

  • Health communication
  • Community engagement
  • Interpersonal and social processes in health and illness
  • Prevention, early detection and management of chronic and infectious diseases
  • Promotion of healthy lifestyles and reducing health risks

Capstone team receives grant from Strowd Roses Foundation

photo: Alexis Dennis, MPH
2013-2014 Work Well, Live Well Capstone team

News Articles

New studies by Rose and Pepper examine e-cigarette availabilty, advertising effectiveness

Two new studies on e-cigarettes by recent Health Behavior doctoral graduates are among the first to examine the availability of these tobacco products nationwide and how advertisements are affecting consumer perceptions.  Read more.

Powell’s NIH grant will address substance use in young men

Assistant Professor Wizdom Powell, PhD has received a National Institutes of Health grant to study how neighborhoods and daily stress affect substance abuse by black men.

Powell’s research focuses upon health issues that affect black men stemming from the the combined effects of perceived masculinity and racial discrimination upon health.  Read more.

Health behavior student will use Fulbright to address children’s malnutrition in Sierra Leone

Lacey English, Master of Public Health student in health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 13 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students who have thus far received a Fulbright Grant for work and study abroad during the 2014-2015 award period. Read more.

Study finds health disparities among North Carolina’s sexual minorities

A study by researchers at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health offers the first statewide evidence that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in North Carolina have poorer health than their straight counterparts in the state. Read more.

Gilbert wins Graduate School’s Impact Award for research that benefits North Carolina

Alumnus Paul Gilbert, PhD, conducted a mixed-methods study, with participants from North Carolina, focused on understanding alcohol use among immigrant sexual- and gender-minority Latinos—an especially vulnerable subgroup of the population. He described the key social stressors and coping strategies, particularly the role of alcohol use, and tested social support’s effectiveness in moderating any relationship between stressors and alcohol use. Read more.

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