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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


2022-2023 SPARC Graduate Research Grants awarded to 12 Arnold School graduate students

Graduate students from across the Arnold School have earned 2022-2023 SPARC Graduate Research Grants from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research to fund individual scholarship initiatives.

Billy Oglesby

Lessons from a leader: Public health alumnus explains how to build a career

Two-time Arnold School alumnus and current Dean for Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health Willie H. Oglesby reflects on his career trajectory, including the two key types of mentors, the unique opportunities offered by USC and how a public health degree is your passport to the world.


Office of the Vice President for Research announces 2023 Breakthrough Award winners

Five Arnold School faculty members and three graduate students have been recognized with 2023 Breakthrough Awards. They have been honored with Breakthrough Leadership in Research (Daniela Friedman), Breakthrough Star and Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Awards.

Carrie Draper

Million-dollar grant to improve, expand SNAP-Ed programming across South Carolina

Carrie Draper, a senior research associate and principal investigator for SNAP-Ed at USC, will lead six continued projects to improve nutrition education and obesity prevention programs throughout the state. 

Shan Qiao

Big data continues to help scientists assess impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Next up: mental health for people living with HIV

Shan Qiao, an associate professor with the HPEB department and Center for Healthcare Quality, has been awarded more than $107K to investigate mental health issues faced by people living with HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Xiaoming Li

Does telehealth fail minority, rural pregnant women during the pandemic?

The latest Arnold School project to learn from and address impacts of COVID-19 comes in the form of a $3 million U01 grant to investigate the effects of telehealth on disparities in maternal care during the pandemic. 


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