Health Behavior

MPH student Jennifer Grant (center) conducts a focus group for parents as part of her summer practicum in Indonesia. Grant worked with Save the Children on a school-based health promotion program called Sehat.
Message from the Chair
"Our department aims to foster an environment where future public health leaders gain the knowledge and tools from experts in the field in order to create a healthier and more vibrant world." Read more.
Leslie Lytle, PhD
Professor and Chair

The Department of Health Behavior examines the ways in which social contexts and behaviors influence the health of populations.

We engage a cross-disciplinary approach to research, practice and education. Our faculty are at the forefront of research on domestic and global public health problems and students graduate with skill-sets for effecting positive change. Read more.

Our research strengths include:

  • Adolescent health
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Early detection and management of disease
  • Health communication
  • Health disparity reduction
  • HIV/AIDS prevention and control
  • Obesity, diabetes and weight-related behaviors
  • Tobacco control and regulation
  • Violence prevention

Associate Professor Noel Brewer weighs in on risky health behaviors and “The Ethics of Infection” for a New York Times article about Ebola and other infectious diseases.


Doctoral student Jennifer Moss and her recent study on the link between states with low HPV vaccination rates and high cervical cancer rates was featured in an article on

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