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Message from Kurt Ribisl, PhD, chair

Dr. Kurt Ribisl

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to serve as the new chair of the Department of Health Behavior. Launched in 1942, we were the first such program in the country and have been committed to excellence and innovation ever since. Our department has always stood for an engaged approach to bringing about positive change in communities, whether that means conducting community assessments, developing intervention programs, or advocating for policies that promote public health.

We have had a very busy start to the school year. The department is revamping the MPH core classes, which will be start being offered in fall 2018. As we revise our residential MPH program, I can assure you that we will maintain the quality in our master’s program that we are nationally known for. We are more committed than ever to ensuring that our Capstone field experience is one that sets UNC apart from other programs. In addition, we continue to review and improve our doctoral program and have recently increased our offerings in methodology courses.

I am pleased to announce a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Orange County. We will be engaging two local communities: the historic Northside neighborhood of Chapel Hill and another in rural parts of the county. As we know, home ownership and health are strongly linked. We have upcoming Team Builds taking place this fall and next spring.

Finally, if you would like to know a little more about your new department chair, please check out this article the Gillings School Communications Team produced about me.

All the best,


Kurt M. Ribisl, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Health Behavior

September, 28, 2017