Manoj Sharma

Professor & Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Health
Expertise: Health behavior research, Stress-coping, Integrative health (mind-body interventions), Obesity prevention


Manoj Sharma is a professor and chair of the Social and Behavioral Health Department in UNLV's School of Public Health. His research interests are in developing evidence-based health promotion interventions, stress-coping, obesity prevention, integrative health, and community-based participatory research.

Sharma, a public health physician, is a master certified health education specialist with certification from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing.  In his career, spanning over 30 years, he has trained or taught over 6,000 health professionals at 13 national and international universities. 

He is also a prolific researcher who has published more than a dozen books, over 340 peer-reviewed research articles, and over 450 other publications. Sharma is ranked in the top one percentile of scientists globally from 176 subfields by the prominent academic journal Elsevier. He has been awarded several prestigious honors, including the American Public Health Association’s J. Mayhew Derryberry Award, which honors outstanding contributions to health education research theory and recognizes outstanding behavioral scientists, as well as the organization's Mentoring Award and Integrative, Complementary and Traditional Health Practices Impact Award.


  • MBBS, University of Delhi
  • Ph.D., Preventive Medicine (Public Health), The Ohio State University

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May 11, 2021
Clinical depression, a serious mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and detachment, is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States, affecting more than 11 million Americans a year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
March 24, 2021
More sleep at night, fewer or no sleep problems, and low levels of professional burnout were associated with a lower risk of developing COVID-19 among healthcare workers considered to be at high risk for exposure to patients with COVID-19, new evidence reveals.