Health Promotion, Education,
The Department of Health Promotion, Education, and
Behavior (HPEB) at the University of South Carolinaís Arnold School of
Public Health has as its focus understanding how policy, environmental,
institutional, and individual actions can improve the publicís health. This
work, usually done in partnership with organizations and communities, uses
principles and methods from the social and behavioral sciences to promote
health in diverse settings across South Carolina, the US, and the globe.
As a public university, we are committed to a three-part mission of:
- Conducting timely interdisciplinary research that attracts extramural funding
and generates knowledge leading to improvements in public health practice and outcomes
- Attracting and training talented and motivated students who will work to
improve public health
- Providing research-linked service to professionals and communities to advance practice,
support the profession, and improve public health
An important motivation for our work is that, in many cases, scientists
and practitioners have identified which actions should and can be taken to
improve public health, but these actions are often either carried out
ineffectively or at too small a scale. For example, at least half of the
worldwide annual deaths of 11 million children under 5 years old can be
prevented by proven actions, but we lack sufficient understanding of how to
effectively mobilize sociopolitical processes, program design and
implementation, and community partnerships to enact these actions.
Behavioral and social research, training, and outreach aimed at acquiring,
sharing, and applying knowledge about effective mobilization and
coordination processes can therefore have large public health impacts.
Dr. Andrews Kaczynski gave the opening keynote address at the Brazilian
Congress on Physical Activity and Health in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.
Follow Dr. Gabrielle Turner-McGrievyís work regarding diet and
Heather Brandtís students in HPEB 748, Community Health Development,
class where featured in The State recently regarding a collaboration effort
with Healthy Columbia and a group of community and campus partners.
This student led project entitled the 5th Quarter is designed to
support healthy eating and active living for high school football players
after their playing days are over, following the link to read about their
Jackson D.D., Thomas T.L., Friedman, D.B., & Hebert J.R.
African-American menís and womenís perceptions of clinical trials research:
Focusing on prostate cancer among a high risk population in the South.
Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 2013. 24(4),
1784-1800. PMID: 24185170. PMCID: PMC3818250.
Kim S-H, Tanner, A., Friedman, D. B., Foster, C., &
Bergeron, C. D. (2013 Dec 6 Epub). Barriers to clinical trials
participation: A comparison of rural and urban communities in South
Carolina. Journal of Community Health (DOI:
Avula R, Menon P, Saha KK, Bhuiyan MI, Chowdhury AS, Siraj S, Haque R, Jalal
CSB, Afsana K, Frongillo EA. A program impact pathway analysis
identifies critical steps in the implementation and utilization of a
behavior change communication intervention promoting infant and child
feeding practices in Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition doi:
Valois RF, Zullig
KJ. Psychometrics of a brief measure of emotional self-efficacy
among adolescents from the United States. Journal of School Health,
(2013). Volume 83, Number 10, 704-711.
Zullig KJ, Kammermann SK, Kershner SA. Relationship between
sexual risk-taking behavior and emotional self-efficacy among public high
school adolescents. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2013.
Volume 8, 36-55.