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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

Donaldson Conserve

Donaldson Conserve extends NIH Pathway to Independence Award into third year with R00 grant

The $747K grant will fund a three-year extension of the two-year K99 grant he received as part of a NIH Pathway to Independence Award—a training grant designed to facilitate the transition from mentored postdoctoral research to independent research.

Christine Blake

HPEB researchers receive additional $771K to boost synthesis and dissemination of findings from Drivers of Food Choice competitive grants program

Originally funded with a five-year, $5.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom government, this supplemental award from the Gates Foundation brings the total funding for the program up to nearly $6.3 million.

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Arnold School researchers produce second supplement to report findings from the Healthy Communities Study

 Faculty and staff from USC’s departments of exercise science, health promotion, education, and behavior, and psychology contributed to the issue, which was published in Pediatric Obesity. 

Tatiana Martinez-Jaikel

August Ph.D. grad to improve health for women in Costa Rica

With interests in human behavior, education and health promotion interventions, Tatiana Martínez-Jaikel has more than a decade of experience implementing health life style programs for low-income women in Costa Rica.

Akeen Hamilton

Southern Regional Education Board selects Akeen Hamilton to join State Doctoral Scholars Program

As a recipient of this prestigious award, Hamilton will receive a living stipend for three years, all expenses paid to attend the annual Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, access to professional development funding, and participation in the SREB’s online scholar directory


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