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Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior faculty members

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

Daniela Friedman

Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network produces supplemental issue of Preventive Medicine highlighting disparities in cancer prevention and control

Members of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network have produced a supplement in the journal, Preventive Medicine. The SC Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network, which is led by Daniela Friedman (PI) and James Hébert (Co-PI), contributed to six of the papers included in the supplement.  

Katrina Walsemann

Study finds that fathers who take out more college loans for their kids report poorer mental health

Research led by Katrina Walsemann has found that fathers with greater amounts of child-related educational debt report more depressive symptoms and worse mental health than fathers with lower amounts of child-related educational debt. 

Older adults

HPEB offers Certificate of Graduate Study in Aging

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Aging, an 18 credit-hour program of graduate-level courses, recently found a new name and a new home in the Arnold School's Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.

Suzanne Hunt

MPH alumna wins national award for wellness efforts

Suzanne (Young) Hunt, a 2014 graduate of the Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior program, has been named the 2019 Emerging Wellness Professional by the National Wellness Institute. 

Donaldson Conserve

Students gain research and cultural experiences while contributing to STEP Project in Tanzania

Though HPEB assistant professor Donaldson Conserve’s Arnold School students have been contributing to his STEP Project from UofSC’s campus, he wanted to provide an opportunity for them to engage in the project in Tanzania.

Rifat Haider

SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality successfully preps postdocs for careers in academia

Four years in, the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality continues to raise the bar on its various training efforts for students, particularly its postdoctoral fellows program. Since 2015, eight postdoctoral fellows have become faculty members at academic institutions in South Carolina and beyond.


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