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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

HPEB Award List

Three students selected to receive HPEB department awards

HPEB is proud to announce the 2023 winners of the Outstanding Master's Student, Christopher Peter Aluah Outstanding Doctoral Student, and Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Awards.

faculty awards

Faculty Award Winners recognized at annual Hooding Ceremony

The Arnold School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 Faculty Awards: James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award (Courtney Monroe), Faculty Research Award (Jihong Liu), and Faculty Service Award (Alicia Flach).

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Public health graduates earn prestigious presidential management fellowship

Akeen Hamilton, Ellen Stowe and Michaela Williams are among the five University of South Carolina students and alumni selected for the 2022-2023 Presidential Management Fellowship.

Jennifer Fillo

Male soldiers who experience military sexual trauma more likely to turn to alcohol

Research from HPEB assistant professor Jennifer Fillo found that male victims had higher rates of alcohol consumption, more frequent heavy drinking and experienced more alcohol-related problems.   

Daniela Friedman

Making health information easier to understand

HPEB chair Daniela Friedman is dedicated to making health information widely available and easy to understand, particularly among older adults. The VPR Office has recognized her for this work with a Breakthrough Leadership Award. 

Hala Ghattas

Hala Ghattas tackles nutrition inequities for refugees

HPEB associate professor Hala Ghattas studies the links between inequity, food insecurity, malnutrition and poor health - mostly in low- and middle-income countries. She also develops interventions to address these challenges.


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