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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

Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis, Mark Sarzynski and James Hardin receive 2022 Faculty Awards

The Arnold School is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Faculty Awards: Rachel Davis (James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award), Mark Sarzynski (Faculty Research Award), and James Hardin (Faculty Service Award).

Isabella Alonso

Isabella Alonso and Kyndall Dye-Braumuller selected to receive 2022 Arnold School Student Awards

Congratulations to Isabella Alonso (B.A. in Public Health, MPH in HPEB) on winning the Jeffrey Keith Mattison Outstanding Student Achievement Awardand Kyndall Dye-Braumuller (Ph.D. in Epidemiology) for winning the Doctoral Student Achievement Award. 

Quentin McCollum

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion announces inaugural DEI awardees

These awards are designed to recognize alumni, faculty, staff and students who have made exceptional contributions to advancing DEI through research, practice, community engagement, teaching and/or advocacy.

Red Ribbon

HPEB announces department's 2022 student award winners

Isabella Alonso and Megan Austin are the recipients of the Outstanding Master's Student Award for their performance in the classroom/field, and Tianyue Mi has been honored with the Christopher Peter Aluah Outstanding Doctoral Student Award for demonstrating the highest level of rigor, commitment and ethics. 

Megan Austin

May graduate to begin 3rd Arnold School program in pursuit of career in maternal and child health

After taking her first health promotion, education, and behavior course junior year, Megan Austin knew she had found her future career. She considered various master’s programs but was drawn back to the Arnold School’s HPEB department. 

Megan Byers

Staff Spotlight: Megan Byers

Since Byers joined the team, she has helped OSA expand the Dementia Dialogues® program from two states and 50 instructors to six states and more than 120 certified instructors. They’ve also expanded access by offering the program online.

Jennifer Fillo

Jennifer Fillo applies relationship perspective to challenges faced by military populations and groups affected by substance use disorders

Between her current K01 project focusing on the influence processes among heavy drinking couples and the opportunity to work with military populations to learn more about service-related stress, Fillo aims to inform intervention leveraging the influence of close others to support health behavior change.


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