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.
UNC's joyful 2018 doctoral hooding ceremony was attended by family, friends and future students who cheered for our newest graduates.
Kate Thanel and Chaunetta Jones, health behavior alumnae, are working with the Hurricane Maria recovery effort in Puerto Rico.Learn More
Congratulations to the students who received awards at our annual department celebration. They pose here with Dr. Kurt Ribisl, health behavior professor and chair.Learn More
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.Learn More
Hannah Prentice-Dunn (left) and Lindsay Tague (right) serve as presidents of the health behavior alumni section.Learn More
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.
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Students develop their potential to change public health so that everyone, everywhere, can pursue a healthy life.
Master's students complete a summer practicum — this student checks service data in Malawi. Learn more about the MPH with Global Health concentration.
Students develop strategies to make healthy products more widely available and unhealthy products less accessible. Learn more about the MPH with Health Behavior concentration.
One health behavior project promotes healthy lifestyles for LGBTQ youth. Learn more about the MPH with Global Health concentration.
Health behavior alumni work to rebuild Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Learn more about the MPH with Global Health concentration.
Two doctoral students created RealTalk, a mobile sex ed app for middle schoolers.Learn more about the MPH with Health Behavior concentration.
- Global Grads Group October 15 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
- Infectious Diseases - HIV Prevention (PUBH 711 public seminar) October 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
- Activity: Yoga October 15 @ 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm