The MPH in Health Behavior
This master’s degree offers students the core education and practical experience they need to be successful public health professionals.
The PhD in Health Behavior
The doctoral program prepares students to lead and conduct research based on strong methodology courses, and many student research opportunities.
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Featured News from Students, Faculty and Alumni
Born and raised in San Francisco, California, Chen’s work represents a lifelong commitment to serve and support marginalized communities touched by violence. She is a first-generation college student and completed a B.A. at Wellesley College. She earned a Master of Science in public health (MSPH) at Gillings where her thesis explored individual- and family-level factors impacting teen dating violence.
Alexandra Lightfoot, EdD, research assistant professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, is one of 10 faculty members at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill selected for the sixth class of Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars.
The scholars will develop projects in partnership with community organizations including Durham’s Historic Stagville, where they will study the skills and expertise of enslaved laborers, and Chatham County’s The Farm at Penny Lane, where they aim to improve housing and other community-based services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness.
Wizdom Powell, PhD, associate professor of health behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded a residency at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, in Bellagio, Italy.
Powell will use the residency, scheduled from April 11 to May 9, 2017, to further her research, “Transforming Social and Health-care System Landscapes to Address Gendered Health Inequities among Vulnerable Males.”
Powell also has been invited to deliver a briefing on health disparities in boys and men to U.S. congressional representatives in Washington, D.C, on May 24. Read More.
Tamara Taggart, PhD, was the lead author of a paper about AMP!. Taggart, a 2016 graduate of the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, wanted to analyze the effectiveness of the intervention at increasing three key elements of HIV prevention: HIV knowledge, awareness and attitudes. “AMP! delivers sexual health messages in a fun, interactive and meaningful way that appeals to how adolescents learn and communicate,” Taggart shared. “Our findings underscore the need to design sexual health interventions that are developmentally and culturally appropriate for adolescents.”
Elizabeth Chen and Christine Leos were among the finalists for the 2016 “Innovation Next” project, an award that includes $80,000 in development funds and the opportunity to work with IDEO, the renowned global design company, to refine and execute their proposal.
Created by a grant by the U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Adolescent Health, Innovation Next is designed to find creative, interactive technology interventions for preventing teen pregnancy. Ten teams out of 127 entries were chosen as finalists in this year’s competition.
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