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Manoj Sharma, MBBS, PhD, MCHES

Professor & Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Health

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Manoj Sharma, MBBS, Ph.D., MCHES® is a Professor and Chair of the Social and Behavioral Health Program in the School of Public Health. He is a public health physician and educator with a medical degree from the University of Delhi and a doctorate in Preventive Medicine (Public Health) from The Ohio State University. He is also a master certified health education specialist from the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. In his career, spanning over 30 years, he has trained/taught over 6,000 health professionals at 13 national and international universities working full time or part-time. He is a prolific researcher and as of January 2022 had published 13 books, over 340 peer-reviewed research articles, and over 450 other publications (h-index 45, i-10 index over 190, and over 10,000 citations) and secured funding for over $8 million. He has been awarded several prestigious honors including the American Public Health Association’s Mentoring Award, J. Mayhew Derryberry Award, ICTHP Impact Award, William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Sharma is currently recruiting graduate Master's and PhD students. Please send your CV and interests by email:

Research Specialties

  • Developing and evaluating evidence-based (theory-based) health behavior change interventions
  • Health behavior research (HBR)
  • Obesity prevention
  • Mental health promotion esp. stress-coping
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR) and evaluation
  • Integrative mind-body-spirit interventions esp. yoga/meditation

Mentoring Topics

  • Health behavior research
  • Evidence-based health promotion interventions
  • Integrative health

Selected Publications

Please visit his Google Scholar page for a near complete list.

Selected Recent Books

  • Sharma, M. (2022). Theoretical foundations of health education and health promotion. (4th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN# 978-1284208627.
  • Romas, J. A., & Sharma, M.  (2022). Practical stress management. A comprehensive workbook.  (8th ed.). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press (Elsevier). ISBN# 978-0-323-98812-4.
  • Sharma, M., & Branscum, P. (2021).  Foundations of mental health promotion. (2nd ed.).  Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN# 978-128-41-99758.
  • Sharma, M., & Branscum, P. (2020). Introduction to community and public health. (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN# 978-1-119-63371-7. Translated in Korean. ISBN 978-89-5629-640-1.

Selected Recent Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Sharma, M., Batra, K., Johansen, C., & Raich, S.* (2022). Explaining correlates of cervical cancer screening among minority women. Pharmacy, 10, 30.
  • Sharma, M., Chandra, A., Toth, R.*, & Nahar, V. K. (2021). Utility of multi-theory model (MTM) to explain the intention for PAP adherence in newly diagnosed sleep apnea patients. Nature and Science of Sleep, 13, 263-271.
  • Sharma, M., Davis, R. E. & Wilkerson, A. H. (2021). COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among college students: A theory-based analysis. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18, 4617. 
  • Sharma, M., Batra, K., & Batra, R. (2021). A theory-based analysis of COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among African Americans in the United States: A recent evidence. Healthcare, 9(10), 1273.
  • Sharma, M., Asare, M., Largo-Wight, E., Merten, J., Binder, M., Lakhan, R., & Batra, K. (2021). Testing multi-theory model (MTM) in explaining sunscreen use among Florida residents: An integrative approach for sun protection. Healthcare, 9, 1343. 
  • Sharma, M., Batra, K., & Flatt, J. (2021). Testing the multi-theory model (MTM) to predict the use of new technology for social connectedness in the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare, 9(7), 838.
  • Sharma, M., Batra, K., Davis, R., & Wilkerson, A. (2021). Explaining handwashing behavior among college students during COVID-19 pandemic using the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change. Healthcare, 2021, 9(1), 55.
  • Sharma, M., Asare, M., Lakhan, R., Kanekar, A., Nahar, V. K., & Moonie, S. (2021). Can the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change explain the intent for people to practice meditation? Journal of Evidence-Based Integrative Medicine, 26, 1-12.
  • Sharma, M., Dai, C., Batra, K., Chen, C., Pharr, J. R., Coughenour, C., Awan, A., & Catalano, H. (2021). Using the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change to explain the correlates of mammography screening among Asian American women. Pharmacy, 9, 126.