Behavioral Sciences & Health Education (BSHE)

Evaluate and develop effective behavioral promotion interventions and engage in research that improves public health.

BSHE @ Rollins

We are dedicated to research and training that investigates the interaction of biological, behavioral, social, cultural, and historical processes as they contribute to the health and well-being of populations. 

Program Information

The BSHE department endeavors to employ social and behavioral theories to characterize multiple levels of influence on health that in turn, guide the development and evaluation of effective interventions that are compatible with different social contexts.

Research & Teaching

BSHE’s expertise brings a complement of methodologies, all aimed towards promoting health and preventing disease.  Areas of expertise include: theory and methods of measuring macro-social determinants of health, surveillance of trends in health behaviors, community-based interventions, dissemination and implementation.


Health behaviors are the key contributors to the major public health problems in the U.S. and around the globe. Training in BSHE provides students with a practical and relevant tool kit of methods and content expertise that can be applied in a number of public health settings. 

Message from the Chair

Image of Colleen McBrideWelcome to the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education (BSHE) at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. We in BSHE have our eyes on the future and are actively positioning ourselves to be in step with exciting new directions in the social determinants of health, intervention science and health promotion. Read more.

Meet Your ADAPs

The Rollins School of Public Health designates associate and/or assistant directors of programs (or ADAPs) to each of its departments. These friendly, knowledgeable advisors are here to answer your questions about the department’s curriculum, professors, concentrations, class registration, and course selection. Contact Meghan Sullivan or Zarie Riley with your questions.

Featured Student & Faculty

Bethany Caruso, PhD '16

Bethany CarusoBethany Caruso hopes to focus her doctoral work on how adolescent girls manage menstruation given their social, cultural, and natural environments, and how menstrual management may influence their behaviors and developmental outcomes.

Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH

Cam EscofferyDr. Escoffery is an associate professor in the BSHE department at Rollins. Much of her research revolves around cancer prevention, control, and evaluation, and health promotion. She teaches the Community Needs Assessment and Program Planning Capstone course.