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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

Benjamin Fisher

Staff Spotlight: Benjamin Fisher

If you’re curious about what’s involved in the day-to-day running of an NIH-funded research lab, just follow Benjamin Fisher around for a day. The research project coordinator is the right-hand man for Jennifer Fillo in running her CHARM Lab.

nurse checking lymph nodes

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers identify key takeaways for AIDS service organizations to ensure resilience

USC scientists identified seven lessons regarding health care system resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. These takeaways detail ways that AIDS service organizations in SC were able to persevere through the pandemic.

Xueying Yang

New project drills deeper into HIV data to find patterns, gaps in care

Xueying Yang, assistant professor of HPEB, has been awarded $400K from the National Institute of Nursing Research. She will use the two-year R21 grant to identify patterns and predictors of racial/ethnic disparities in the HIV care continuum in the South.

Costa Rica

Students explore global health perspectives in Costa Rica

USC features the Global Health Costa Rica summer program, which is led by HPEB clinical associate professor Edena Guimaraes and taken by public health major as well as other students across the university. 

Jessica Seel

A champion’s champion

Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior alumna Jessica Seel is making a big impact on the state through her role with the SC Office of Rural Health. Learn about the director of behavioral health initiatives and workforce development with this story from USC.

Tremaine Sails-Dunbar

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation selects Tremaine Sails-Dunbar to join Health Policy Research Scholars Program

One year into his program, Sails-Dunbar has already been accepted into USC's Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program and serves as a teaching assistant for a course focused on community health problems.


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