Welcome to the Department of Health Behavior!

I look forward to getting to know you – the students entering in 2018 –, watching you grow and seeing you develop the skills you need to become the health professional you aspire to be. You are now part of the Carolina family, and I am honored that you chose our health behavior program. 

Each new academic year brings excitement and challenges. The real, palpable excitement is about meeting new people, learning new skills and achieving a deeper understanding of the vital roles you will play to improve the health and wellbeing of populations and to help eliminate health disparities. In order to stay ahead of the curve, we have been working to improve our Master of Public Health curriculum. We expect these changes to help prepare all of us to address today’s complex public health problems with the interdisciplinary solutions needed to have a stronger impact. In addition, we are building new ventures with our global research hubs. This is a great time to seek training in public health. 

I am very proud to be the chair of this outstanding and historic department. Health behavior students, faculty and alumni produce an impressive body of research, provide leadership in the field of public health and display steadfast commitment to ensuring health for everyone. Health behavior students are some of the most passionate and compassionate individuals in the Gillings School; they engage in social justice issues and share the department’s longstanding commitment to excellence, inclusion and diversity. I encourage you to dive in to your graduate school experience fully and embrace a wide variety of opportunities.  

You have a great year ahead of you. I am glad you have joined our department. We are highly collaborative by nature and together we are going to make a difference. 

Kurt Ribisl

Kurt M. Ribisl 
Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Behavior


August 20, 2018

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