Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior is an interdisciplinary field of study that can
be described as the science and art of improving the public’s health through application
of the social and behavioral sciences.
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) professionals are concerned with
improving the public’s health through use of the social and behavioral sciences. Knowledge,
theories, methods and skills are used to address learning, motivation and behavior
change at all levels; policy development and implementation; and program planning,
implementation and evaluation.
HPEB is committed to training individuals to function in leadership roles in improving
health at the individual, group, institutional, community, state and national levels.
Professional preparation in HPEB includes knowledge, theories, methods and skills
that address learning, motivation and behavior change at all levels; policy development
and implementation; and program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Career opportunities exist in federal, state and local health departments; managed
care organizations; hospitals and physicians’ offices; corporate wellness centers;
community-based organizations; school districts; colleges and universities; and international
organizations. Jobs in the field include district director of health education, community
health educator, behavioral scientist, health communications specialist, public health
educator, health promotion consultant, school health coordinator, health scientist,
teacher, professor of health education and behavior, and program evaluation director.
Megan Weis, associate director of outreach & program development for the South Carolina
Institute of Medicine and Public Health, has been named the 2017 recipient of the
Michael D. Jarrett Excellence in Customer Service Award. Weis is a two-time Arnold
School alumna: DrPH and MPH in HPEB.