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Health Behavior

Health behavior students Sable Watson, Belinda-Rose Young and Li Chunyan (from left to right) are serving terms as student leaders within the American Public Health Association’s Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section. Click to see the student page.

Message from the Chair
Dear Friends, I am delighted to serve as the new chair of the Department of Health Behavior. Launched in 1942, we were the first such program in the country and have been committed to excellence and innovation ever since. Read more.
Dr. Kurt Ribisl
In the Department of Health Behavior, students develop the skills they need to be community change agents for issues that undermine public health locally and globally, including violence, obesity, cancer, HIV, policy change and health disparities.

Established in 1942 as UNC’s Department of Public Health Education, the Department of Health Behavior was the first program of its kind in the United States. Read about our history.


Our faculty and students are active researchers in North Carolina, the U.S. and globally with many studies focusing upon these issues: Community health, violence prevention, policy change, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, health disparities reduction, health communication/ mHealth, obesity and diabetes management, tobacco control and health promotion in the workplace. Read about our research.

See Health Behavior Matters, our e-newsletter, for spring 2018.