Welcome to the Department of Health, Behavior & Society.



Health, Behavior & Society focuses on:

  • How individual behaviors influence health outcomes,
  • The social, environmental, and policy influences that shape health behaviors, and
  • Developing  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. We invite you to explore the profiles of individual faculty and staff to learn more about these exciting areas of research.

The Department of Health, Behavior & Society is commited to high-quality education for future public health professionals. We are actively engaged in undergraduate and graduate education, including a concentration in Health Behavior for MPH students, undergraduate courses in the Bachelor of Public Health program, and courses available to students across the University.

Our graduates have gone on to work in 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, in undergraduate and graduate education, is to provide students with a solid grounding in both the theory and practice of public health.

Marc Kiviniemi, PhD, CPH
Phone: 859.218.0241

Health, Behavior & Society Faculty and Staff

$3.4 Million Grant Supports Kentucky Children with Hearing Loss and Deafness

For Dr. Christina Studts, the critical interplay between children’s hearing loss, children’s behavior, and parenting is at the center of ongoing collaborative research that aims to improve the lives of Kentucky kids and families.

Ready for LAUNCH: Bridging the Digital Divide to Improve Cancer Care

Dr. Robin Vanderpool is leading a project to help bridge the broadband health connectivity gap in Appalachia.

Summer Research Experience in Uganda

Olivia Pokoski will assist in developing measures and administering surveys addressing issues of masculinity as related to increased HIV rates in sex workers .