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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
  • HIV/AIDS
  • 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

Carrie Draper

Million-dollar grant to improve, expand SNAP-Ed programming across South Carolina

Carrie Draper, a senior research associate and principal investigator for SNAP-Ed at USC, will lead six continued projects to improve nutrition education and obesity prevention programs throughout the state. 

Shan Qiao

Big data continues to help scientists assess impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Next up: mental health for people living with HIV

Shan Qiao, an associate professor with the HPEB department and Center for Healthcare Quality, has been awarded more than $107K to investigate mental health issues faced by people living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xiaoming Li

Does telehealth fail minority, rural pregnant women during the pandemic?

The latest Arnold School project to learn from and address impacts of COVID-19 comes in the form of a $3 million U01 grant to investigate the effects of telehealth on disparities in maternal care during the pandemic. 

Nkechi Okpara

Doctoral Candidate Nkechi Okpara awarded scholarship to support professional development and nutrition research

Nkechi Okpara, a fourth-year doctoral Candidate has been selected to receive the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s Commission on Dietetic Registration Doctoral Scholarship. 

Edward Frongillo

Researchers overcome lack of data, develop method for estimating childhood stunting overweight trends

Arnold School researchers Edward Frongillo and Alexander McLain have partnered with scientists from UNICEF and the World Health Organization, including WHO collaborator Elaine Borghi, to develop a method for estimating childhood stunting and oversight trends in the European region.

Fanghui Shi

Doctoral student wins international award for AIDS research into racial disparities in South Carolina

Fanghui Shi, a student in the Ph.D. in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior program, is the recipient of the Track D IAS/ANRS Lange/van Tongeren Prize for Young Investigators from the International AIDS Society. 

 

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