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Arnold School of Public Health

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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

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. 

Jennifer Fillo

Research finds military sexual trauma impacts men and women

The Research Society on Alcoholism has reported on a study presented by health promotion, education, and behavior assistant professor Jennifer Fillo at the Society's 45th scientific annual meeting this month. Fillo found that differences in how men and women are affected by military sexual trauma. 

Xueying Yang

Xueying Yang awarded grant to examine COVID-19 vaccine efficacy among people living with HIV

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has awarded nearly $400K to Xueying Yang, a research assistant professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior and with the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality.

Edward Frongillo

American Society for Nutrition Foundation honors Edward Frongillo with lifetime achievement award

Two years after the American Society for Nutrition Foundation selected him to receive the 2020 E.V. McCollum International Lectureships in Nutrition Award, Edward Frongillo has been honored with another senior investigator award.

Aaron Guest

Arnold School alum wins award from Gerontological Society of America

Health promotion, education, and behavior alumnus (MPH/MSW, 2015) Aaron Guest has won the Rising Star Early Career Faculty Award, which recognizes new faculty for their impactful and innovative teaching and/or leadership. 


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