Health Behavior Alumni

Alumni events in fall 2017 included a picnic on a beautiful fall day, presentation of a prestigious UNC award and a social at APHA in Atlanta.

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Selected Alumni Career Updates
Networking Works
Note from Hannah Prentice-Dunn
How to Find Health Behavior Alumni on LinkedIn

Selected Alumni Career Updates

Chandra Ford (PhD in health behavior, 2005), is now the founding director of the new Center for the Study of Racism, Social Justice and Health in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Ford is an associate professor of community health sciences at the Fielding School and gave a keynote address at last year’s Minority Health Conference.

Amy Lansky (PhD in health behavior, 1996) was selected as one of five 2017 recipients of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Awards.

Traci Baird (MPH in health behavior, 1995) became chief executive Officer of SHIFT NC in October, 2017.

Use the links below to see Health Behavior alumni updates from recent newsletters.

July 2017   |    November 2016    |    June 2016

Networking Works

Don’t underestimate the power of networking.

Networking with health behavior alumni can be valuable throughout a lifetime. Students and new graduates will find most health behavior alumni are happy, even flattered, to hear from you and help you plan a job search. Our 2000+ alumni have experience with thousands of employers. Through the career cycle, alumni will continue to open important doors for you or help you make connections.

Start with your fellow alumni

The alumni network is also a way to find old friends if you want advice about a city, are looking for a new running buddy or just want to meet new like-minded people. Alumni who are thinking about retirement may benefit from sharing stories and experiences.

Take advantage of resources of the UNC Gillings School  Alumni Association.

LinkedIn is probably the best way to find your old classmates. Follow the instructions below to use the LinkedIn alumni search feature. There are also HB Facebook groups in some areas, and faculty and staff can often help you connect with others from your student cohort.

Reach out!

Last, don’t hesitate to get your alumni contacts together! Gather a group of health behavior alumni at your workplace, in your neighborhood or city, or join an event organized by the Gillings Alumni Association.

Note from Hannah Prentice-Dunn

Hannah Prentice-Dunn

Hannan Prentice-Dunn

Do you have any suggestions on how we can build alumni mentorship opportunities and connections to support our early-career health behavior alumni?

If you do, please email me at any time at Thanks again for all you do, and please keep sharing your updates with us!


Hannah Prentice-Dunn (MPH, 2012) president of the health behavior section of the Gillings School Alumni Association (through June 2018) and project manager for cancer intervention research, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

How to Find Health Behavior Alumni on Linkedin

  1. Sign in to LinkedIn. You must be signed-in to LinkedIn in order to use the following search. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile, you will need to make one on the same page.
  2. Type “University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill” in the search bar. ( Make sure the word “school” is listed after the university.)
  3. Select the See Alumni box, which will take you to another screen.
  4. Type “health behavior” in the search box near the top of the screen.
  5. Narrow the search by adding other criteria (e.g. year attended, location or employer).

The screen shot below shows what you might see:

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Heath Behavior Matters is the e-newsletter the Department of Health Behavior. Scroll through newsletters beginning with most recent. To receive the e-newsletter and occasional other communications from the department by email, subscribe

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