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Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) is an interdisciplinary department that applies the social and behavioral sciences to improve public health.

HPEB conducts innovative research and prepares future leaders to improve public health locally, nationally, and globally. Our faculty and students address how interventions, social context, health care systems, and physical environments influence health behaviors and health status, with an emphasis on disadvantaged populations.

Departmental strengths include:

  • community-engaged interventions
  • economics of behavior
  • global health
  • health communication and use of digital technology
  • healthy aging
  • nutrition and food security
  • physical activity
  • prevention of cancer and other non-communicable diseases
  • public policy and advocacy
  • research methods, program evaluation, and implementation science
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • social determinants of health and health inequities
  • tobacco use and vaping

Degrees Offered

In addition to an undergraduate minor, we offer four advanced degrees related to health promotion, education and behavior as well as three graduate certificate programs. Each graduate degree and certificate has specific application deadlines and requirements

Are you an undergraduate student interested in doing research with an HPEB faculty member? Fill out this contact form for more information.

Health Promotion, Education & Behavior News

Victoria Lambert

Victoria Lambert wins National Institutes of Health supplement to support dissertation research addressing cancer disparities among Latinos

Victoria Lambert, a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. in HPEB program, has been awarded a $200K grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research addressing cancer disparities among Latinos. 

Shaena Rouse

Alumna Shaena Rouse makes good on commitment to improve health in South Carolina and beyond

Since her 2011 graduation, Rouse has applied lessons from her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior program to her work as a public health professional with UofSC, the SC Institute for Medicine and Public Health, and United Way. 

Edward Frongillo

Health promotion, education, and behavior researchers lead two new projects focusing on food insecurity

Edward Frongillo and collaborators have been awarded two R01 grants from the National Institutes of Health to study an intervention for individuals with diabetes and research aimed at reducing HIV and cardiovascular disease health disparities.

Jessica Escobar

Health promotion, education, and behavior researchers and alumna examine how government officials behave during presidential transitions

One of their papers focused on the way government officials behave during these times of change – gaining insights that can be applied to presidential transitions in any country, including the United States as we enter the final months of an election year. 

Stephanie Child

Health promotion, education, and behavior alumna lands assistant professor position at Harvard University

After winning a $1.1 million NIH Pathway to Independence Award, Stephanie Child researched social networks and cardiovascular disease at the University of California. Now she'll join Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as an assistant professor.   

Donaldson Conserve

Donaldson Conserve wins emerging professional award and prestigious HIV fellowship

The 2020 Emerging Professional – Graduate Degree Award is from Conserve's alma mater, Pennsylvania State University. The fellowship is his selection into the HIV Prevention Trials Network Scholar Program. 

Leila Larson

Leila Larson brings global health background, child nutrition/development expertise to HPEB department

She is using her expertise in child development and malnutrition in studies in Malawi and Bangladesh to examine the effects of nutritional supplementation in early life on cognitive functioning and health of children and their mothers.


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