Health Behavior

Camille McGirt, health behavior master's student, was featured on "The Dr. Oz Show." Watch the video here. Since 2011, McGirt has served as founder and co-executive director of Healthy Girls Save the World, a nonprofit organization that provides a positive space for girls in North Carolina to foster the development of habits related to proper nutrition, physical activity, and healthy mental and physical lifestyle.

Message from the Chair
As we hit the midpoint of the fall semester . . . , it is vital that we reflect on the difficult and disturbing issues facing our country, state and university. This climate affects lives and health—mental and physical. Many people, including myself, are left not knowing what to do, how to help, or how to respond to those around us who may be concerned or in pain. It is a priority for us in the department to be sensitive to the issues on our students’ minds. Read more.
Leslie Lytle, PhD,
professor and chair

The Department of Health Behavior combines the social and behavioral sciences with health science to produce graduates who deliver practical research and interventions that improve the health of individuals and communities. Established in 1942, UNC’s Department of Public Health Education was the first program of its kind in the United States. Read about our history.

Master of Public Health (MPH) program

The master’s program offers students the core education and practical experience they need to become successful public health professionals. Master’s students earn one of two degrees: the Master of Public Health (MPH) or the Dual Master of Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MPH-MCRP).

Master’s Program  |  MPH Practicum  |  MPH Capstone  | Apply

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program

Doctoral programs prepare students to lead and conduct research by providing strong research methodology courses and many student research opportunities. Some students enter directly into the PhD program, others enter the Master’s-to-Doctoral program (MSPH-PhD) acquiring core public health and health behavior competencies and completing all the requirements for the PhD.

Doctoral Program | Research | Recent Dissertations |Master’s to PhD | Apply

We encourage prospective students to review the information about our programs here on the website, to check out the Health Behavior News from Gillings and the student news from our department’s e-newsletter: Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. If you need other information, use the Prospective Student Inquiry form.


Health Behavior Matters, our quarterly e-newsletter

hb_apha_social_2016_18The Fall 2016 issue of our e-newsletter includes a roundup of news from August-November. Check out the photos from our social at APHA, read about Becky Bowden, see an update from the Health Behavior Global Roundtable, find out what our alumni have been up to and more.

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