Message from the Chair

Message from the Chair

Dear Students,

On behalf of the Faculty, staff and students in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, I welcome you to the School of Public Health.

As a graduate student in our department, you will have an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skills in the development, implementation, and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to promote healthy behaviors.  Faculty members in the department come from diverse academic backgrounds including anthropology, clinical and social psychology, sociology, social and behavioral epidemiology, dietetics, and qualitative and quantitative methodology.  Our research interests encompass a broad array of important public health topics including physical activity, nutrition, smoking prevention and cessation, HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention, substance abuse, dating/partner violence, cancer screening, cancer survivorship, HPV vaccination, disability, mental health, and occupational health.  Faculty members in the department have funded research projects that provide opportunities for student involvement, and we welcome your participation.

After graduation, you will find opportunities to use your education to make an impact on public health in a variety of settings including government agencies such as state or local health departments, national agencies and organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institutes of Health, private sector organizations such as the American Cancer Society, as well as health care settings, and academic institutions, among others.

We are here to facilitate your education and we look forward to working with you toward that goal.

Sally W. Vernon, PhD

Professor and Department Chair
Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences