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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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UofSC Big Data Health Science Center wins NIH award to launch big data fellowship program

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded $1.75 million to the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center to train junior faculty to conduct infectious disease research using vast amounts of data.

Pamela Metz

Staff Spotlight: Pamela Metz, Administrative Assistant for the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

After four decades in the workforce - many of those years in public service and eight of them at the Arnold School - Pamela Metz is looking forward to a new chapter in life when she retires in September.

Chengbo Zeng

August graduate joins Harvard Medical School as postdoctoral fellow in global health and infectious disea

Chengbo Zeng graduates with 27 peer-reviewed publications and 31 presentations to his name. He received two of his department’s highest honors: the Christopher Peter Aluah Outstanding Doctoral Student Award and the Olga I. Ogoussan Doctoral Research Award. 

Xiaoming Li

The coronavirus meets big data

Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi, co-directors of the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center, are acquiring de-identified electronic health records for all COVID-19 patients in South Carolina to develop a statewide data-driven system to respond to the pandemic. 

Xiaoming Li

Breakthrough Leader: Xiaoming Li

UofSC features health promotion, education, and behavior professor and 2021 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award winner Xiaoming Li. The internationally renowned AIDS/HIV expert is also the director for the Center for Healthcare Quality and the UofSC Big Data Health Science Center. 

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Alumni, faculty investigate the negative impacts of the pandemic on academics who mother

Scholarly and popular press articles have been published about the change in work environments, the effects of children learning from home, and the innumerable other changes that have affected daily life during the pandemic. Recent research reveals the unique pandemic experience of academics who mother.

Shan Qiao

UofSC Prevention Research Center leads state-wide project to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among underserved communities

Existing health disparities, including healthcare resources and socioeconomic barriers, have exacerbated infection rates and posed additional challenges to COVID-19 vaccine uptake among underserved populations, such as non-Hispanic Blacks. 


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