College of Public Health students graduating

Health, Behavior & Society

Welcome to the Department of Health, Behavior & Society!

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.


Food and Fitness: Promoting Health through
Community-Based Service Learning

New for Spring 2017! A Special Topic undergraduate course that will provide students with both classroom-based learning and real-world application of public health community program planning and implementation.

HIV Prevention and Control:
Principles and Practice

New for Spring 2017! A graduate level course that will serve the public health profession with an essential foundation for working anywhere in the U.S. or abroad to reduce the magnitude of the HIV epidemic. 

Class of 2016 graduation award recipients

At our recent graduation reception, several of our Health Behavior students were recognized for their outstanding achievements.

Contact Health, Behavior & Society


151 Washington Ave # 342
Lexington, KY 40506-0059
Phone: 859-218-2039
Fax: 859-323-2933

Interim Chair

Kathryn M. Cardarelli PhD
Phone: (859) 218-0241

Support Staff

Courtney Brown
Phone: 859-218-2039