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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.

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 students don’t leave here with just a degree. They leave here with a set of relevant leadership skills they can apply right away. They accept positions across Kentucky and the country at UK HealthCare, Norton, Ascension, Duke, the Veteran’s Administration, UC Health, Rush, Mayo and more. But in the process of getting meaningful positions, they’re making differences in their communities.”

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Dr. Corrine Williams ScM, ScD

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