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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

Global health researcher digs into complex etiology of anemia in mothers and children

A recent study led by HPEB assistant professor Leila Larson and published in Public Health Nutrition has shed more light on the interplay of factors that cause anemia in mothers and children in low- and middle-income countries.

Molly Talbot-Metz

Master of public health alumna receives South Carolina's highest civilian honor for extraordinary service

Molly Talbot-Metz has now spent more than half her life in South Carolina. The Mary Black Foundation President/CEO's journey to improving health in her adopted state began when she was a teen growing up in Syracuse, New York and recently resulted in her receipt of the Order of the Palmetto.

Xueying Yang

New study examines pediatric-to-adult HIV care transition in the South

Assistant professor Xueying Yang has been awarded another $400K NIH grant to support her HIV research – this time from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 

Mayank Sakhuja

Doctoral graduate leverages policy and health literacy research to advance tobacco control in the fight against cancer

Mayank Sakhuja's interests focus on work that informs cancer prevention policies and communication - particularly related to tobacco control. Next month, he will begin a postdoctoral fellowship with the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Chapel Hill.

Benjamin Fisher

Staff Spotlight: Benjamin Fisher

If you’re curious about what’s involved in the day-to-day running of an NIH-funded research lab, just follow Benjamin Fisher around for a day. The research project coordinator is the right-hand man for Jennifer Fillo in running her CHARM Lab.

nurse checking lymph nodes

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers identify key takeaways for AIDS service organizations to ensure resilience

USC scientists identified seven lessons regarding health care system resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. These takeaways detail ways that AIDS service organizations in SC were able to persevere through the pandemic.


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