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. James Thrasher was elected Co-Chair
of the Global Health Network for the Society for Research on Nicotine and
Tobacco. This is the primary tobacco research organization in the world.
Dr. Lucy Annang was
featured by several media outlets for her research and community outreach,
Project RISE, regarding the long-term health impact from a massive train
wreck that led to a large chlorine spill in Graniteville, SC. Read about
her work below.
Walsemann KM. Ethnic Disparities in Disability Among Middle-Aged and
Older Israeli Adults: The Role of Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Traumatic
Life Events. Journal of Aging and Health. 2013, 25(3),
510-531. doi: 10.1177/0898264313478653.
Hennessy MK, Romer DR, Vanable PA, Carey MP, Stanton BA, Brown LK, DiClemente
RJ, and Salazar L. Safer sex media messages and adolescent sexual
behavior: 3-year follow-up results from Project iMPPACS. American
Journal of Public Health (2013) Volume 103, Number 1, 134-140.
Jones SJ, Fram MS & Frongillo EA. U.S. Households With
Children Are Exposed to Nonpersistent and Persistent Food Insecurity.
Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition (2013), 7:4, 349-362.