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Welcome

I am pleased to have joined the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in September 2006, and am excited about the opportunity to work with the faculty, staff, and students in the department. It is a generally young department that is motivated and enthusiastic. There is an opportunity for the department to grow in both size and activity, and to continue to contribute in important ways to the school and university while advancing the publicís health in South Carolina, the US, and globally.

Faculty and students in the department share a deep commitment to improving the health and welfare of the most disadvantaged people in our world. There is a growing awareness in public health about the importance of learning not just what should and can be done to improve the publicís health, but also how it can be done in a way that is cost-effective, embedded in community structures and culture, and at a large enough scale to have real impact. To realize the potential of this growing awareness that we must reach further for our work to have pervasive and sustainable impact requires openness to rethinking: What new orientations and types of knowledge and understanding are needed? What constitutes adequate evidence upon which to make decisions? What is the role of science in public health decision-making? How should we work with stakeholders and community leaders to develop sustainable commitment and resources for improving public health? These are critical questions that public health researchers and practitioners must try to answer.

In the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, we seek to provide leadership to help move this enterprise forward through timely and well-targeted research, nurturing of talented and motivated students, and support for public health practitioners who are on the front-lines carrying out the crucial work. We welcome engagement with researchers, students, and practitioners who wish to collaborate with us in carrying out this exciting work.


Edward A. Frongillo, Jr., Ph.D.
Chair, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

 
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