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Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
915 Greene St., Room 529
Columbia, SC 29208

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



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Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

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.


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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Special Features

Dr. Andrews Kaczynski gave the opening keynote address at the Brazilian Congress on Physical Activity and Health in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  http://www.cbafs.org.br/palestrantes.html


Follow Dr. Gabrielle Turner-McGrievyís work regarding diet and nutrition.




 Dr. 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 work. http://www.thestate.com/2013/12/01/3131066/new-effort-aims-to-help-former.html




Owens O.L., 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: 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.