Health Behavior


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Health education intersects with the social and behavioral sciences to deliver practical research and solutions that improve the health of individuals and communities. Our faculty members include experts from behavioral science, communications, health education, international health, medicine, medical sociology and social psychology. Read more.

Our research strengths include:

  • HIV/AIDS prevention and control
  • Chronic disease prevention, early detection, and management
  • Tobacco control and regulation
  • Adolescent health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Health disparity reduction

News Articles

Linnan to study workplace health in McDowell County

A partnership with North Carolina’s McDowell County will enable Professor Laura Linnan, ScD to study workplace health in the county. Dr. Linnan directs the Carolina Collaborative for Research on Work and Health (CCRWH), … Read more »

Nezami receives Gillings Dissertation Award

Doctoral student Brooke Nezami has received the 2014 Gillings Dissertation Award for her dissertation research that focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity through a family-based approach. Read more »

Powell named APA Professional of the Year

Assistant Professor Wizdom Powell, PhD has received a Professional of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association. … Read more »

Barber shops, beauty salons effective venues for promoting health education

Barbershops and beauty salons have long been seen as excellent venues for handing out health information and increasing community awareness. Laura A. Linnan ScD studied the effectiveness of using these settings to get the word out and improve health outcomes? Read more »

New studies examine e-cigarette availabilty, advertising effectiveness

Two new studies on e-cigarettes by recent Health Behavior doctoral graduates are among the first to examine the availability of these tobacco products nationwide and how advertisements are affecting consumer perceptions.  Read more.

More health behavior news articles.

HB Spotlight

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Endeavors article on e-cigarettes features HB postdoc Jessica Pepper and Professor Kurt Ribisl.

In additon, an article on Physicians’ Attitudes and Use of E-Cigarettes as Cessation Devices, North Carolina, 2013 was published recently by doctoral student Joseph Lee.