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).
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.
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.
Are you interested in working with our students? If so, visit our Community Partners page.
Read the Fall 2016 issue of our e-newsletter Health Behavior Matters or scroll through older issues online now. Send alumni updates to HBNews at any time. Subscribe to receive the newsletter by email.
Friday February 3, noon – 5 pm: Health Behavior Career Information and Alumni Networking Conference at the Gillings School. in the lower level of the Michael Hooker Research Center. Please register for this event at https://unc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_elH1nPu3tch1jRr
Friday, February 24, 8 am – 3 pm: 38th Annual Minority Health Conference: Systems of Power: Recalling Our Past, Restructuring Our Future at the William and Ida Friday Center.
Friday March 3, 1 – 4 pm: Capstone Pitch Day for first-year master’s students at the Gillings School
Friday March 10, 5 pm until Monday March 20, 8 am: Spring recess
Friday March 24, 8 am – 3 pm: Experience Gillings: an event for admitted students at the Gillings School
Friday April 14: holiday
Thursday April 27: Annual Foard Lecture, schoolwide event at the Gillings School
Friday, April 28: Alumni Day at the Gillings School
Tuesday May 9, 4 – 7 pm: Capstone Celebration Day for second-year master’s students, their guests and the Gillings School community at the Gillings School
Saturday May 13: UNC Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and Gillings School Commencement, on the UNC campus
Sunday May 14: UNC Spring Commencement on the UNC Campus