UNC Men's Health Program

Addressing the silent health crisis among men.

Improving Men’s Health Through Research and Coordinated Clinical Care

The UNC Men’s Health Program aims to study and treat numerous health issues that impact men. The differences in health behaviors, preventative screening and medical treatment between men and women have contributed to a widespread, silent health crisis among men. This comprehensive program brings together teams of physicians, scientists, public health leaders and specialists who are dedicated to addressing the health and well-being of men through coordinated clinical care, scientific research and community outreach.

The Importance of Men’s Health

Not only do men tend to delay screening for risk factors such as high blood pressure and cholesterol, they also tend to wait longer than women to seek medical care when symptoms occur, leading to a higher rate of chronic diseases and a shorter life expectancy by 6.7 years. 

Overwhelmingly, gender-based health research focuses on women, with few resources devoted to men. The UNC Men’s Health Program strives to close the gap and improve clinical care that will improve the health of men for generations to come. For men, the first step towards better health starts with finding a primary care physician.

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Start your men’s health journey by finding a primary care physician.

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Healthy Heels- Bubba Cunningham

Carolina Athletics and UNC Health Care are partnering together to bring you Healthy Heels, an initiative encouraging you to live a healthier lifestyle. Tag your health and wellness victories using #HealthyHeels!

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Healthy Heels- Larry Fedora

UNC Football Coach Lary Fedora knows his health stats. Do you? Use #HealthHeels to show us how you stay healthy. Go Heels! 

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Healthy Heels- Roy Williams

Coach Williams has a number of habits to stay healthy. Do you? Healthy Heels encourages all UNC students, fans and alumni to live a healthier lifestyle and take control of your well-being.  The first step to tackling any health/wellness issue is talking to your doctor.

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Services and Departments

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The UNC Men’s Health Program brings together physicians and specialists from multiple departments who are dedicated to improving access to men’s health services.

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UNC Men's Health Blog

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Knowing men’s health stats is an important step in closing the disparity in health behaviors between men and women. Our blog lays out some of men’s health biggest issues and gives you the information needed to make a change.

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Support and Impact

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We are committed to investing in research, education and clinical care to improve men’s health. Read more about how you can support the UNC Men’s Health Program and how we intend to measure the impact of your investment.

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Test Your Men's Health Knowledge

What is the average life expectancy for men?

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73.4 years, compared to 80.1 years for women.

True or False: Autism is diagnosed equally in boys and girls?

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False. Boys are 3 to 4 times more likely to be autistic.

True or False: Men, ages 55-74, are equally as likely to die of heart disease compared to women.

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False: Men, ages 55-74, are twice as likely as women, in the same age bracket, to die of heart disease. 

What percentage of men do not visit the doctor annually?

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33% of men don’t visit the doctor annually, compared to less than 10% of women.

True or False: Among people 65+, men account for 84% of suicides.

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True. In general, men die by suicide 3.5 times more often than women. 

For men, what ages are least likely to regularly see a doctor? 

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18-29 year olds. More men begin to visit the doctor by age 45.  

What do T-cells do in the human body?  

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T-cells are infection fighting cells. Men have fewer T-cells than women.

How effective is a vasectomy? 

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A woman with a partner who had a vasectomy, has a less than 1% chance of getting pregnant. 

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