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Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior faculty members

Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior

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.

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

Rifat Haider

SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality successfully preps postdocs for careers in academia

Four years in, the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality continues to raise the bar on its various training efforts for students, particularly its postdoctoral fellows program. Since 2015, eight postdoctoral fellows have become faculty members at academic institutions in South Carolina and beyond.

Jacqueline Knight Wilt

MPH alumna gives back to UofSC for six years before returning to graduate school

Bridgewater, Virginia native, Jacqueline Knight Knight Wilt, was already halfway to a career in public health when she was undergrad at James Madison University – she just didn’t know it yet. Knight Wilt was majoring in psychology and minoring at substance abuse intervention when she first encountered the field.

Xiaoming Li

Center for Healthcare Quality researchers publish three special issues focused on resilience among HIV populations

The Arnold School has a long history of conducting research to help improve physical and mental health outcomes for vulnerable populations. The HIV epidemic, for example, is addressed by scientists from a variety of angles and perspectives.

Daniela Friedman

Prevention Research Center awarded CDC funding to re-up for another five years

The CDC has announced recipients of the 2019-2024 funding cycle for the Prevention Research Center network. UofSC was among the 25 academic institutions to receive the grants, which provide funding support to conduct applied public health prevention research. 

Alycia Boutte

HPEB graduate Alycia Boutté joins National Cancer Institute as communication postdoctoral fellow

Alycia Boutté, a recent graduate of the Ph.D. in HPEB program, has joined the communications team at the National Cancer Institute as a postdoctoral Cancer Research Training Award fellow in the Behavioral Research Program.

Sayward Harrison

Sayward Harrison named by Columbia Regional Business Report in list of 2019 Women of Influence

The Columbia Regional Business Report has announced their selections for their annual Women of Influence list. Sayward Harrison, a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, was included among the 25 recipients. 


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