The Department of Health Behavior is the home for Master of Public Health concentrations in global health and health behavior, a dual master’s degree and a doctoral degree.

Master’s Degree (MPH)

The redesigned UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program is for people who are passionate about solving urgent local and global public health problems. With a legacy of outstanding education, cutting edge research and globally-recognized leadership, the UNC Gillings School is creating the next generation of public health leaders through our integrated training program and 21st century curriculum.

To learn more, visit these pages:

MPH Overview – More information about online and residential MPH offerings is available here.

MPH Core  – All students who enroll to earn a Master of Public Health degree will complete an integrated, 12-credit curriculum and then complete a concentration in one of 11 concentrations.

Global Health Concentration – This concentration provides the knowledge and skills students need to advance the health and well-being of populations in diverse global settings.

Health Behavior Concentration – Students learn to use social and behavioral sciences and develop skills required for positions in public health practice

Contacts for the Master of Public Health degree

Karla Townley-Tilson, MBA, coordinator for residential MPH
Nancy Foskey, MA, MA, coordinator for MPH@UNC

Dual Master’s

The Dual Master of Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MPH-MCRP) applies a public health approach and social and behavioral science methods to shape the social and physical environment in ways that enhance public health and well-being.

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Dual Master’s Quick Guide

Master’s to Doctoral

The Master’s-to-Doctoral Program (MSPH-PhD) is for bachelor’s trained students seeking the PhD in Health Behavior. Training focuses initially on acquiring master’s level core competencies in public health and health behavior, resulting in the MSPH degree. Students then complete all requirements for the PhD in Health Behavior.

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See doctoral handbook below


The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is for students with a prior MPH or related master’s degree. Students are trained 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.

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