Health Promotion, Education,
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.
Department Chair Position
The Arnold School of Public Health (ASPH) at the University of South Carolina seeks a visionary leader for Chair of the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) at the tenured faculty rank of Professor.
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Dr. Andrews Kaczynski gave the opening keynote address at the Brazilian
Congress on Physical Activity and Health in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.
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Heather Brandt’s 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
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sexual risk-taking behavior and emotional self-efficacy among public high
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