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Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
915 Greene St., Room 565
Columbia, SC 29208

Phone: 803-777-7096
Fax: 803-777-6290



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Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

The faculty and students in the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health focus on understanding how policy, environmental, institutional, and individual actions improve the public’s health. We work in partnership with organizations and communities, and use principles, knowledge, and methods from the social and behavioral sciences to promote health in diverse settings across South Carolina, the US, and the globe. As social and behavioral scientists, we have a special opportunity and responsibility to provide leadership and to create knowledge that will lead to large scale improvements in health.

As part of a comprehensive public university, we strive to:

  • Conduct timely interdisciplinary research that generates new knowledge that advances science and leads to improvements in public-health practice and outcomes
  • Train talented and motivated students who will make contributions to knowledge and practice to improve public health
  • Provide research-linked service to professionals and communities to advance practice, support the profession, and improve public health

We are motivated to not only identify and test new actions that improve public health, but to also understand how actions that have already been identified and proven to be effective can be implemented to achieve public benefit at large scale.  Scaling up actions is challenging, requiring mobilizing sociopolitical processes to win consensus and commitment, designing and implementing programs that will effectively and efficiently reach the public, and engaging with national and local partners to enact and sustain these actions. Knowing how best to address this challenge rests on acquiring a deep understanding of the structures and behaviors that operate at policy, environmental, institutional, and individual levels to influence health, and using that understanding to guide development and decisions about useful actions.

Special Features

University of South Carolina researchers receive award to support new research on food choice
University of South Carolina researchers receive award to manage a competitive grants program aimed at understanding food choice in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.



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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: 10.1007/s10900-013-9798-2).

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: 10.3945/jn.113.179085.

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.

Valois RF, 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.