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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

Katrina Walsemann

Study finds that fathers who take out more college loans for their kids report poorer mental health

Research led by Katrina Walsemann has found that fathers with greater amounts of child-related educational debt report more depressive symptoms and worse mental health than fathers with lower amounts of child-related educational debt. 

Older adults

HPEB offers Certificate of Graduate Study in Aging

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Aging, an 18 credit-hour program of graduate-level courses, recently found a new name and a new home in the Arnold School's Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.

Suzanne Hunt

MPH alumna wins national award for wellness efforts

Suzanne (Young) Hunt, a 2014 graduate of the Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior program, has been named the 2019 Emerging Wellness Professional by the National Wellness Institute. 

Donaldson Conserve

Students gain research and cultural experiences while contributing to STEP Project in Tanzania

Though HPEB assistant professor Donaldson Conserve’s Arnold School students have been contributing to his STEP Project from UofSC’s campus, he wanted to provide an opportunity for them to engage in the project in Tanzania.

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.


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