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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

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.

Andrew Kaczynski

Researchers develop comprehensive index for assessing environmental factors that promote, deter obesity

Scientists from across the Arnold School have collaborated to develop the first comprehensive obesogenic environment (i.e., an environment that promotes weight gain/deters weight loss) index for youth in the United States. 

Audrey Gleaton

Physician completes Global Health Fellowship Program to prevent and treat chronic diseases in low- and middle-income countries

Audrey Gleaton chose UofSC’s Family Medicine-Global Health Fellowship Program, which includes an MPH in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, due to its balance of academic and clinical/field experience as well as its international connections and highly recommended staff. 

Tramaine McMullen

Doctoral graduate applies academic lessons daily as grants manager for SC DHEC

For the past year, Tramaine McMullen has worked at SC DHEC as a program evaluator. More recently, she took on the role of opioids grants manager for the Midlands Public Health Region.

Daniela Friedman

Daniela Friedman guest edits special issue on communication and aging for Journal of Women & Aging

The Journal of Women and Aging, a journal on which HPEB professor Daniela Friedman serves as an associate editor, has published a special issue: Communication and Aging: Challenges and Opportunities for Older Women. 

Emily Loud

Peace Corps alum graduates with Master of Public Health and continues with Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

Emily Loud has refined her focus to tobacco control and smoking cessation -- working alongside Jim Thrasher on several of his federally funded projects related to health warning labels on cigarette packs and reduced nicotine cigarette messaging. 

Carrie Draper

Inaugural South Carolina SNAP-Ed impact report highlights program’s state-wide reach

The South Carolina State SNAP-Ed Program has published its first-ever annual impact report, sharing the ways that the federal (USDA funding/oversight) nutrition assistance program provides support to communities throughout the state. 


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