Health Behavior MPH program

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The Department of Health Behavior offers a two year, full-time residential MPH degree program. Coursework includes the following content areas, as well as electives based on individual student interests:

  •  social and behavioral science theory
  •  quantitative and qualitative research methods
  •  biostatistics
  •  social determinants of health and health disparities
  •  program planning and evaluation
  •  proposal development

A hallmark of the program is intensive field training. MPH students complete an individual 200- to 400-hour summer practicum after their first year in the program and a year-long Capstone project with UNC and community-based organizations during the second year. Students further synthesize and apply this learning by completing a written comprehensive examination.

The job skills MPH students acquire include learning how to:

  • Plan, develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate public health programs and interventions
  • Gain competencies in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology
  • Apply theory and scientific evidence in a way that maintains values of social justice and respect
  • Collaborate in diverse cross-cultural, community and organizational settings


MPH Program Director:   Beth Moracco, PhD
MPH Program Manager:  Megan Landfried, MPH