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Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior is an interdisciplinary field of study that can be described as the science and art of improving the public’s health through application of the social and behavioral sciences.

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) professionals are concerned with improving the public’s health through use of the social and behavioral sciences. Knowledge, theories, methods and skills are used to address learning, motivation and behavior change at all levels; policy development and implementation; and program planning, implementation and evaluation.

HPEB is committed to training individuals to function in leadership roles in improving health at the individual, group, institutional, community, state and national levels. Professional preparation in HPEB includes knowledge, theories, methods and skills that address learning, motivation and behavior change at all levels; policy development and implementation; and program planning, implementation and evaluation.

Career opportunities exist in federal, state and local health departments; managed care organizations; hospitals and physicians’ offices; corporate wellness centers; community-based organizations; school districts; colleges and universities; and international organizations. Jobs in the field include district director of health education, community health educator, behavioral scientist, health communications specialist, public health educator, health promotion consultant, school health coordinator, health scientist, teacher, professor of health education and behavior, and program evaluation director.

Degrees Offered

In addition to an undergraduate minor, we offer four advanced degrees related to health promotion, education and behavior as well as two 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

Caroline Dunn

Ph.D. graduate joins Harvard University as research associate

Caroline Dunn’s group studies the impact of policy, systems and environment changes to prevent obesity and diet-related diseases, specifically in vulnerable populations. In her position, she focuses on how these changes impact children and households with children. 

Alycia Boutte

Ph.D. candidate Alycia Boutté named 2019 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar

Each year the Office of the Vice President for Research selects a dozen or so Breakthrough Graduate Scholars—outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, actively contribute to research and scholarship in their fields and exhibit potential for future success. 

Xiaoming Li

Xiaoming Li identified as world’s most active author in AIDS-related stigma and discrimination

In a recent bibliometric analysis of global literature from 1980 to 2017 in AIDS-related stigma and discrimination, Li was ranked the 1st among the ten most active authors with a total of 39 identified publications.

Jim Thrasher

Jim Thrasher wins $2.7 million grant to study effectiveness of cigarette package inserts in helping smokers quit

With this five-year project, funded by the National Cancer Institute, he will evaluate whether cigarette package inserts, which are small printed leaflets inside of cigarette packs, can help smokers quit. 

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Fifteen Arnold School graduate students earn 2018-2019 SPARC Graduate Research Grants

Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2018-2019 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives. 


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