Promoting healthy behaviors, engaging communities, shaping policy.
The Gillings School's Department of Health Behavior is the home for Master of Public Health concentrations in global health and health behavior, as well as a dual master's degree and a doctoral degree. See all our degrees and concentrations. Our students develop the skills they need to be community change agents for issues that undermine public health both locally and globally, including: violence, obesity, cancer, HIV, health policy and health disparities.
Message from the Chair
"Welcome to the Department of Health Behavior! If you’re looking for an academic home at a school that can provide you with stellar training in marketable, meaningful quantitative and qualitative skills, the Gillings School could be right for you. Our department features three MPH concentrations, a master's-to-doctoral program (MSPH-PhD) and a PhD program. I hope you’ll explore the rest of our departmental web site to get more detailed information on what we have to offer."Read more from Dr. Ribisl.
The Hatch-Barnhill Scholarship allows us to recruit and support students who are committed to serving underserved or minority populations and organizing communities. Your gift can help us continue to support this important work.Learn More
Health behavior alumni organize a career networking event for students each spring. These are a few of the alumni who participated in February 2019.
One health behavior project promotes healthy lifestyles for LGBTQ youth in Vietnam.
Health behavior students like these develop their potential to change public health so that everyone, everywhere can pursue a healthy life.
Health behavior master's students like this one complete a practicum. This student checks service data in Malawi. (Global health concentration)Learn More
These health behavior alumnae met while both were working with the Hurricane Maria recovery effort in Puerto Rico.Learn More
Some health behavior students and graduates work to make healthy products more accessible and unhealthy products, like tobacco, less accessible.
These health behavior doctoral students created RealTalk, a mobile sex ed app for middle schoolers.
UNC's joyful doctoral hooding ceremony is attended by family, friends and future students who cheer for the newest graduates.
Our faculty and students are active researchers in North Carolina, across the United States and around the world, 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.
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Established in 1942 as UNC’s Department of Public Health Education, ours was the first program of its kind in the United States.
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Global Health Concentration
Health Equity, Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration
Our Doctoral Degree
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Diversity and Inclusion
Health Behavior Events
- Inclusive Classrooms Annual Symposium: Understanding and Addressing Structural Racism June 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Cognitive Interviewing: A Hands-On Approach September 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
- MIRA: Machine-Learning and Informatics Research in Aging September 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm