Welcome to the Department of Health Behavior! We are a group of researchers and teachers focused on how individual behavior – and the myriad of social, environmental, and policy influences on that behavior – can influence health outcomes, as well as focusing on strategies to promote healthy lifestyles and behaviors. Our research interests are wide ranging, with key areas including cancer, sexual health, women’s health, racial and ethnic health disparities, social determinants of health, community based participatory research, food and nutrition, substance abuse, social networks, health communication, and disruptive behavior disorders among children. I invite you to explore the individual faculty/staff pages to learn more about these exciting areas of research. Health Behavior maintains an active teaching presence in the College of Public Health, offering a concentration in Health Behavior for MPH students, numerous undergraduate courses as part of the Bachelor’s in Public Health degree, and working with students from across the university.
Our graduates have gone on to work in public health at the Centers for Disease Control and other national agencies, state and local governments, numerous county public health departments, and in varied research projects at UK and other research universities. Other students have chosen to continue their education, seeking advanced degrees from UK or other top schools. Our goal, both in the undergraduate and MPH program, is to provide students with a solid grounding in both the theory and practice of public health, including active involvement in ongoing research projects.
Mark Swanson, Interim Chair
Department of Health Behavior
College of Public Health
University of Kentucky