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Lauren Vincent Thomas, MPH, MCHES

Title: Adjunct Professor
Health Promotion Education & Behavior
Department: Math, Science, Nursing, and Public Health
USC Lancaster
Phone: 803-313-7012
Office: Exercise Science Suite, Carole Ray Dowling Building
Resources: Schedule a meeting
Lauren Thomas, Project Director


Lauren Thomas has spent over 15 years in the community health field in the Carolinas, influencing attitudes on topics ranging from smoke-free policies, unintended pregnancies, and walkable communities. In her courses, she facilitates "coaching conversations" with students so that they can experiment with health habits in mindful and sustainable ways. In the community, Lauren serves alongside thoughtful partners who value time outside and seek to steward lands and waterways in order to benefit everyone.


  • Graduate Certificate in Health Communication -- University of South Carolina, 2009
  • Master of Public Health in Health Promotion Education and Behavior -- Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 2007
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications -- University of South Carolina, 2005


  • Certified Health & Well-being Coach, 2023
  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), 2022

Courses Taught/Approved to Teach

  • HPEB 300 - Introduction to Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • HPEB 511 - Health Promotion in a Changing Society
  • HPEB 550 - Behavioral Concepts & Processes for Health Professionals
  • HPEB 553 - Community Health
  • PEDU 197 - Fit Carolina
  • PALM 495 - Service Learning


  • Active community environments
  • Health coaching principles