Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Health Behavior and Health Promotion degrees

MPH Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Help individuals and groups increase control over their health, and advocate for policies and programs that promote health.

PhD Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Harness applied and basic research skills that will prepare you to contribute to community and individual health and well-being.

Public Health Behavior and Promotion Graduate Minor

A great complement to applicable PhD and Master’s students to learn the fundamental knowledge about public health behavior and health promotion and the related skills and approaches necessary to plan, implement and evaluate health-related programs.

Research expertise

Health equity disparities and health equity

Social determinants of health

Tobacco and substance use

Cancer prevention and control

Vaccination adoption


Sexual and reproductive health

Global health

Liz Klein

Division chair message

Many health problems that we experience are influenced – positively and negatively -- by the choices we make as individuals and as communities. Our faculty use and teach evidence-based strategies in behavioral science to promote change at the individual, policy, system and environmental levels. We invite you to become part of a discipline that is central to improving and extending the lives of all people.

Liz Klein, Chair

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HBHP faculty

Liz Klein, PhD, MPH
Chair and Professor
Gail Kaye, PhD
Professor, Clinical Public Health, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Assessment
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Assistant Professor
JaNelle Ricks, DrPH, MPA
Assistant Professor

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Careers in Health Behavior and Health Promotion

Our degree programs provide students with a thorough knowledge of health behavior and health promotion and its fundamental relationship to public health. The rich array of research opportunities and practical job experiences prepares you for a successful career.

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Division news

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MPH student dreams of becoming a city health commissioner

November 3, 2022
Liz Klein

A faculty member since 2008, Klein takes helm during time of growth

August 9, 2022