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Manoj Sharma, MBBS, Ph.D., MCHES

Professor & Chair

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 35 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 March 2023 had published 15 books, over 370 peer-reviewed research articles, and over 500 other publications (h-index 51, i-10 index over 210, and over 13,000 citations) and secured funding for over $10 million. He is ranked in the top one percentile of scientists globally from 176 subfields in Elsevier ranking. He has been awarded several prestigious honors including the American Public Health Association’s Lyndon Haviland Mentoring Award, J. Mayhew Derryberry Award, ICTHP Impact Award and Ohio State University’s William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award among others.

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

Selected Publications

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

Selected Recent Books

  • Sharma, M. & Petosa, R. L. (2023). Evaluation and measurement in health promotion. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. ISBN# 978-1-119-90866-1
  • 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

  • Nerida, T. M.,* Sharma, M., Labus, B., Marquez, E., Dai, C.-L. (2023). COVID-19 vaccine acceptance behavior among Hispanics/Latinxs in Nevada: A theory-based analysis. Healthcare, 11, 688.
  • Sharma, M., Batra, K., Chen, C., Dai, C., Batra, R.,* & Cappelli, D. (2022). Predicting flossing among minority adolescents through the application of multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change: A nation-wide assessment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 15106.
  • Sharma, M., Batra, K., Wilkerson, A., Chirico, F. & Raich, S.* (2022). A multi-theory-based analysis of correlates for initiating and sustaining mammography screening behavior among Hispanic American women in the United States. Health Promotion Perspectives,12(1), 110-119. DOI: 10.34172/hpp.2022.14
  • 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., 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., 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.