The Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers master’s degrees and doctoral degrees.

Master of Public Health (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. The Department of Health Behavior hosts the Health Behavior, Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights (EQUITY) and Global Health concentrations.

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.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.


The Department of Health Behavior and the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center offers the Graduate Certificate in Total Worker Health® to train students from diverse disciplines to work effectively together to protect and promote workers’ health.

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