Dr. Alexandra Lightfoot’s MPH students explored identity and the drive to pursue a career in public health drawing on a portrait exhibit at UNC’s Ackland Museum. (Photo by Lightfoot)

The Department of Health Behavior attracts a talented, engaged and committed student body consisting of individuals from many backgrounds and walks of life. They come because of the department’s reputation, the unique practicum and Capstone project and the opportunities to engage in service and research on issues they care about. Students are featured in the UNC-Gillings news frequently.

Student organizations

Health behavior students are involved in activities and activism on and off campus. Check out the Student Organizations page.


HB Quick Guide to Funding
HB Funding and Awards page
Gillings School Funding and Awards page

Student services

Student Services Policies and Procedures  This manual outlines the functions and includes helpful information on registration
Quick Guide to Student Services – This guide explains how to add/drop a class, transfer credits, request a transcript and similar processes.


Inter-institutional Registration (pdf fillable form)
Credit Overload Request (pdf fillable form)
BIOS 600 Exemption (pdf fillable form)
Independent Study Learning Agreement (pdf fillable form)
Graduate School Forms

Handbooks and quick guides

Gillings School Student Handbooks, with department handbooks and university resources
Health Behavior Concentration Quick Guide
MPH/CCRP Dual Degree Program Quick Guide
Doctoral Program Quick Guide

Other resources

Gillings Admitted Student Resources
Gillings Enrolled Student Resources
UNC Resources
Graduate Student Professional Development Resources Student Emergency Fund
Campus Health Services
Student Health Insurance
Career Services
Graduate School Handbook
Graduate Record
Honor Code

Community resources

Triangle Area Resources: This guide from the Department contains useful links on transportation, family/local resources and parks in the area.
Independent Weekly Food: Pick out some of the trendy new restaurants and go on a culinary tour!
Weaver Street Market: A popular hangout spot for locals and students that often has live music on the lawn
Carrboro Farmers’ Market (Saturday morning, Wednesday afternoon)
Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market (Saturday morning, Tuesday afternoon,  Thursday midday)
Durham Farmers’ Market (Saturday morning, Wednesday afternoon)
UNC Hospital, inside the Children’s Hospital Lobby  (Wednesday 11-2)
Independent Weekly Music: Chapel Hill and the surrounding areas bring talented musicians and bands from around the world. See who’s coming to town!

Inter-institutional registration catalog links

Duke University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University

Paper forms

See the Student Services Office (Rosenau 359) for these forms

Audit a Class
Drop/Add a Class
Post Semester Drop Add
Grade Change
Intra-University Transfer (for students enrolled in more than one program such as the dual-degree)

In-state residency

Incoming students who plan to apply for resident tuition must have live in North Carolina for 12 consecutive months and establish a domicile here through proper identification (e.g. N.C. license, registration, voter registration). The Department highly recommends moving to the area in early August in order to secure the documents; it is critical to obtain the documents before the beginning of the semester or your application will be denied. In fall 2012 and 2013, 95% of second-year students who applied for NC residency received it. Please read more about residency below:

Fall 2014 Department Memo
Graduate School Residency Guidelines
Information from Gillings


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