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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 goal is to provide students with a solid grounding in both the theory and practice of public health. We are committed 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 of Kentucky."

National Public Health Week 2023

Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health during April 3-7

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