Prospective Students


Da’Esha McPhaul, student services manager for health behavior, greets admitted students at Experience Gillings in 2016.

Our students’ backgrounds

Students begin health behavior degree programs with many different backgrounds, and this variety enriches the program by bringing interdisciplinary perspectives into the classroom, the Capstone team experience and the research of our students.
These are some of  the experiences of students who have enrolled in recent years brought:
  • public health service and programs
  • advocacy and service experience in community, nonprofit and commercial settings
  • clinical and nonclinical experience in health-care settings
  • research in public health or social sciences
  • global service, e.g., Peace Corps
  • years-of-service programs, e.g., AmeriCorps and Teach For America

Some entering students hold degrees in social or behavioral sciences, or health-related disciplines. Others have an educational background in liberal arts or graduated from professional schools.

Gillings Program Search (GPS)  The GPS provides a search option for our School’s degree and non-degree programs, as well as the ability to drill down to an overview of each program’s quick facts and related information about how to apply.

In-state residency

Incoming students who plan to apply for resident tuition must have lived in North Carolina for 12 consecutive months, established a domicile here and obtained proper identification documents, e.g., North Carolina license, registration and voter registration. It is our strong recommendation that students move to the area in early August in order to secure these documents. It is critical to obtain documentation before the beginning of the semester or your application for residency status will be denied. In fall 2012 and 2013, 95 percent of second-year students who applied for NC residency were approved. Please read more about residency below:

In-State (NC) Residency Memo 2014
UNC Graduate School North Carolina Residency

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