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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

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. 

Donaldson Conserve

STEP Project researchers assess perceptions of implementing HIV self-testing in Haiti

Assistant professor Donaldson Conserve has begun investigating the possibility of implementing his National Institutes of Health-funded Self-Testing Education and Promotion (STEP) Project in the Caribbean.

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Arnold School researchers receive National Institutes of Health grant to study sexual and gender minority health

Xiaoming Li and Shan Qiao, faculty members of the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality have been awarded a competitive supplement grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health.

Xiaoming Li

UofSC Big Data Health Science Center investigators receive $1.25million NIH grant to develop data-driven strategies in fighting COVID-19

Led by Xiaoming Li and Bankole Olatosi, this two-year grant will allow the team to develop a database system for collating surveillance, clinical, multi-omics and geospatial data on SC COVID-19 patients and health workers treating them.

Shan Qiao

Public health researcher addresses stigma, isolation of people living with HIV

UofSC features Breakthrough Star Shan Qiao, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and a researcher with the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality.  


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