Manoj Sharma

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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

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.