Department of Health Behavior

Careers in Health Behavior

The primary educational goal of the Department of Health Behavior MPH program is to teach students to assess health behaviors and needs in specific populations and to develop, manage, and evaluate health promotion and disease prevention programs. As a graduate of the program, one will have acquired knowledge and skills from many strategic areas. These include behavioral assessment, data analyses, program planning and evaluation, communication, epidemiology, public health policy, and other core public health disciplines. Therefore, our graduates of our program engage in a wide variety of potential career paths in both the private and public sectors. Recent Health Behavior MPH graduates have obtained jobs with:


  • Vanderbilt University
  • Alabama Cast Iron & Pipe Company
  • Public Health Clinic, Bronx, NY
  • CDC
  • Health Representative with a Pharmaceutical Company
  • Cardinal Health MedMined Services
  • St. Vincent’s Hospital
  • University of Oregon
  • Jefferson County Department of Health
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    School of Public Health
  • University of Alabama School of Dentistry
  • Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation
  • Alabama Department of Public Health
  • Iowa State University
  • Children’s Hospital of Boston
  • Children’s Hospital of Alabama
  • University of Alabama School of Medicine
  • University of West Indies
  • Children’s Health System
  • Mississippi Urban Research Center
  • Mercer University School of Medicine
  • Macro Industries
  • Birmingham Southern


The mission of the Joint Ph.D. program in Health Education and Health Promotion is to provide students with the academic courses and practical experiences that will enable them to become leading researchers and practitioners in the field. The Health Behavior Department emphasizes training students in research. Some positions currently held by recent graduates of our doctoral program include:

  • Research Associates
  • Program Director
  • Program Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Department Chair
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • CDC Branch Chief
  • Program Coordinator
  • CDC Division Chief