Our health behavior department combines the social and behavioral sciences with health education to deliver practical research and solutions that improve the health of individuals and communities.
Established in 1942, we are among the oldest and largest such departments in a school of public health in the world. Among other claims to fame, we are the interventions home for a top school of public health in a U.S. “public ivy” university. Our faculty members include experts in behavioral science, communications, health education, international health, medicine, medical sociology and social psychology.
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17 tenure-track/tenured faculty 6 research faculty 3 academic fixed-term 58 adjunct faculty Students: Our faculty has research and training strengths in: Discover more on ReachNC, a web portal with to-the-minute information about our faculty members’ grants, publications, research interests and networks. For general questions regarding the department, degrees or admissions, contact: HB Student Services
17 tenure-track/tenured faculty
6 research faculty
3 academic fixed-term
58 adjunct faculty
Our faculty has research and training strengths in:
Discover more on ReachNC, a web portal with to-the-minute information about our faculty members’ grants, publications, research interests and networks.
For general questions regarding the department, degrees or admissions, contact:
HB Student Services
In Health Behavior at Gillings, we:
North Carolina, across the United States, and around the world. Active studies in all these locales give students the chance to work with faculty to:
Master of Public Health (MPH): A two-year terminal degree program that provides students with training in social and behavioral science theory, research and practice through core courses, community-based fieldwork, professional development and career support. Students use a social ecological framework to study, develop and evaluate interventions and policies to promote health, prevent disease and injury, and reduce health disparities. The MPH program in Health Behavior prepares students for leadership positions in a wide range of public health settings.
Dual Master of Public Health/City and Regional Planning (MPH/MCRP). A three-year program that provides students with the skills and knowledge to apply social and behavioral science methods to shape the social and physical environment in ways that enhance public health and well-being.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Prepares students to lead research that will advance understanding of health-related behaviors and their determinants at all social levels as they contribute to critical public health problems. Doctoral students gain skills and knowledge in the empirical, conceptual and theoretical foundations of the field, research methods, intervention development and evaluation, and professional development topics. Graduates apply their training to research focused on domestic and global public health problems.
Master of Science in Public Health to Doctor of Philosophy (MSPH-to-PhD). Prepares students as public health researchers in health behavior. The curriculum focuses initially on core competencies in public health and health behavior, resulting in the MSPH degree. Students then complete all the requirements for the PhD in Health Behavior.
Where will a degree in Health Behavior take you? Our alumni hold senior leadership positions in the U.S. and around the world in:
Recent alumni positions for master’s prepared graduates include:
Recent alumni positions for doctorally prepared graduates include:
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Faculty in health behavior create a welcoming, interactive classroom environment in twenty-first century teaching facilities and research facilities. What’s more, we have plenty of quiet nooks and wired spaces to meet, collaborate, and take problem solving to the next level.
Take a look at our complete course catalog, plus syllabi, to find out more.
Interested in finding out more? Visit our department website.