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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

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Arnold School scholars to serve as principal investigators on 14 projects supported by 2021 ASPIRE grants

Faculty and postdoctoral scholars from across the Arnold School received funding through the Office of the Vice President for Research's Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) program.

Wendy Besmann

May graduate completes MPH to help disseminate research conducted by public health scientists

The Arnold School’s Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior was a natural fit for learning more about her public health interests in disseminate  research findings, and Wendy Besmann jumped into the program. 

Brie Turner-McGrievy

New NIH-funded study to add cultural relevance to U.S. dietary guidelines

Brie Turner-McGrievy has been awarded $3.4 million to increase dietary quality and reduce type 2 diabetes risk among African Americans by ensuring the cultural relevance of the dietary patterns recommended by the United States Dietary Guidelines. 

Lucy Ingram

Researchers across South Carolina partner with AARP SC to produce report on health disparities among older Black adults

The report, Health Disparities: South Carolina Non-Hispanic Black People Aged 50+, was produced by a team of researchers from across the state, including HPEB associate professor Lucy Ingram.

Femi Adeagbo

Postdoctoral fellow Oluwafemi Adeagbo selected as affiliate member of African Academy of Sciences

Oluwafemi (Femi) Adeagbo, a postdoctoral fellow with the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality and the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, has been selected as an affiliate member of the African Academy of Sciences. 

Jennifer Mandelbaum

Jennifer Mandelbaum wins Dr. Rick Foster Leadership Award from Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina

Health, Promotion, Education, and Behavior in Ph.D. candidate Jennifer Mandelbaum was among only three awardees that the Alliance for a Healthier South Carolina recognized at the organization’s third Annual Live Healthy SC Meeting. 

Daniela Friedman

Daniela Friedman named editor for the Journal of Women & Aging

After years of contributing to the Journal of Women & Aging as associate editor, editorial board member, guest editor and manuscript reviewer, health promotion, education, and behavior professor and chair Daniela Friedman has been selected to lead the journal as editor. 


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