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.

Message from the chair

Dr. Kurt M. Ribisl
"It is a season of exciting changes in the Department of Health Behavior. In the MPH program, our students will experience the new Gillings core. Applicants to the MPH program can choose from 11 concentrations, and two of these – global health and health behavior – are hosted in our department." Read Kurt's letter to new students.

Learn about our history.

Established in 1942 as UNC’s Department of Public Health Education, ours was the first program of its kind in the United States.

Read about our research.

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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