Diverse expertise. Common resolve.
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.
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.
One health behavior project promotes healthy lifestyles for LGBTQ youth in Vietnam.
These health behavior doctoral students created RealTalk, a mobile sex ed app for middle schoolers.
Health behavior alumni like these organize a career networking event each spring.
UNC's joyful doctoral hooding ceremony is attended by family, friends and future students who cheer for the newest graduates.
Established in 1942 as UNC’s Department of Public Health Education, ours was the first program of its kind in the United States.
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.