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, UNC’s Department of Public Health Education 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, workplace health promotion.
Community engagement, which spans research and practice, is a focus of the health behavior degree programs at UNC Gillings. Many of our alumni see their expertise in this area as a critical skill they bring to careers as public health practitioners, researchers, policymakers and teachers. It is part of the leadership they provide in their communities and across the world.
Our students provide over 24,000 hours of in-kind service to our community partners each year. Are you interested in hosting a practicum student or working with a capstone team? If so, visit our Community Partners page.
Master of Public Health
The master’s program offers students the core educational and practical experience they need to become successful public health professionals. Master’s students earn either the Master of Public Health (MPH) or the Dual Master of Public Health and Master of City and Regional Planning (MPH-MCRP).
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctoral programs prepare students to lead and conduct research by providing strong research methodology courses and many student research opportunities. Some students enter directly into the doctoral program; others enter the master’s-to-doctoral program (MSPH-PhD) acquiring core public health and health behavior competencies and then completing all the requirements for the doctorate.
We encourage prospective students to review the information about our programs here on the website, to check out the Health Behavior News from Gillings and the student news from our department’s e-newsletter: Spring 2016 and Fall 2016. If you need other information, use the Inquiry form.
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