Behavioral Sciences and Health Education faculty members are renowned scholars in the areas of behavioral risk factor trajectories, social determinants of health, health disparities, health education, behavioral interventions, and dissemination and implementation.
Their research is funded by federal government organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (e.g. NCI, NIEHS, NIAAA, NIDA, NIMH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources and Services Administration, Association of Schools of Public Health, and private foundations such as the American Legacy Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They also work with the Georgia Division of Public Health and local health departments in Georgia and across the nation.
Our faculty work in diverse areas that involve social-ecological determinants of health and diseases. The areas span major disease problems (HIV/AIDS, cancer, and heart disease), specific populations (adolescents, women, minority groups, rural communities), multiple health promotion settings (schools, communities, churches, the Internet) and specific behavioral and social problems (substance abuse, tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, injury prevention, health communication). Students have many opportunities to work with faculty on these research projects.
Below you will find the major areas of research in BSHE: