Scott Rhodes, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Behavior
Social Sciences and Health Policy (Wake Forest University)


Scott Rhodes is a public health scientist who examines the integration of community development and health promotion and disease prevention in both rural and urban settings. His research explores sexual health; HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention; and other health disparities among vulnerable communities, including: Latino communities; African American adolescents; persons with HIV and AIDS; men of color; self-identified gay and bisexual men; men who have sex with men; and transgender women.

He has expertise in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis; the design, implementation and evaluation of prevention interventions, community capacity development, and environmental and policy change; community-based participatory research; the application of behavioral theory; photovoice as a methodology of participatory action research; lay health advisor approaches; the exploration of sociocultural determinants of health; and internet research.

Teaching Interests

At Wake Forest School of Medicine:
     Research Grant Writing

Research Activities

Adolescent health
Community-based participatory research
Global health
Health behavior change
Health equity
Implementation science
LGBT health
Men's health
Minority health
Peer/social support for HIV management and health access
Public health studies
Rural health
Sexual health and STIs
Substance abuse


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, WK Kellogg Foundation Community Health Scholars Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001
  • PhD, Health Behavior, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2001
  • MPH, Health Administration, University of South Carolina, 1991