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 heathy lifestyles and reducing health risks

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News Articles

Older women with breast cancer experience temporary declines in health-related quality of life

A new study finds that women 65 and older who are treated for breast cancer initially experience declines in physical and mental health, compared to similar women without cancer, but the declines generally wane after 12 months. Read more.

HB alumnus Bernhardt to lead new health communication center at University of Texas

Jay M. Bernhardt, PhD, former director of the National Center for Health Marketing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and alumnus of UNC’s public health school, has been named founding director of The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication’s new Center for Health Communication. Read more.

Eight faculty members selected as innovative teachers at ‘Celebrate Teaching!’ event

The Gillings School of Global Public Health community gathered in the Armfield Atrium on Feb. 24 to celebrate eight faculty members – one from each academic unit at the School – who were selected by their students to receive the School’s third annual Teaching Innovation Awards. Read more.

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