Manoj Sharma, MBBS, Ph.D.


Concentration: Behavioral Health Promotion and Education
Department of Behavioral and Environmental Health



350 W. Woodrow Wilson Drive, Suite 320
Jackson, MS 39213-7681
Office Phone: 601-979-8850
P.O. Box 17067 (JSU Campus Mail Only)



University of Delhi, New Delhi, India

     M.B.; B.S.


Medicine & Surgery

Indian Society for Training & Development (ISTD), New Delhi, India

     Dip. TD


Training and Human Resource Development

National Institute of Health & Family Welfare (NIHFW), New Delhi, India



Health Management

Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN



Community Health

The Ohio State University,
Columbus, OH



Preventive Medicine (Public Health)


Research/Professional Interests:

  • Evidence-based health behavior, education and promotion interventions
  • Childhood obesity and adult obesity
  • Stress and coping
  • Mind-body-spirit interventions esp. yoga
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)


Positions and Honors:

1986-88     Resident, Internal Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and Safdarjang Hospital,
                        New Delhi, India
1988-92     Program Officer, Community Health Promotion, Voluntary Health Association of India, New
                        Delhi, India
1992-94     Research & Teaching Assistant, Health Science, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
1994-95     Research & Teaching Associate, Health Education Department, The Ohio State University,
                       Columbus, OH.
1995-97     Health Promotion Supervisor, Health Promotion Program, City of Columbus Health
                  Department, Columbus, OH.
1997-01     Assistant Professor, Community Health Education, School of HPER, College of Education,
                  University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE.
2001-04     Associate Professor, Health Education, School of HPER, College of Education, University of
                  Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE & University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Lincoln, NE.
2004-08     Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Education, College of Education, Criminal Justice,
                       and Human Services, University of Cincinnati, OH.
2008-14     Professor, Health Promotion & Education, & Public Health Sciences, College of Education,
                  Criminal Justice, and Human Services, & College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, OH.
2014-         Professor, Behavioral & Environmental Health, School of Public Health, Jackson  State  
                  University, Jackson, MS.

1997       Best dissertation award, Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE)
1997       Best dissertation award, American School Health Association (ASHA)
1997       PRIDE award, Best health promotion program in the state of Ohio, Ohio
                    Public Health Association (OPHA)
1998       William Oxley Thompson Early Career Achievement Award by the Ohio State University
                    Alumni Association
2006       Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Materials Contest Winner awarded
                     by American Public Health Association (APHA)
2011       Fellow, The Obesity Society
2011       Fellow, American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB)
2011       William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award, College of Public Health Alumni Society,
                    The Ohio State University
2013       Distinguished Health Educator Service Award by the Ohio Public Health Association (OPHA)
2013       Student Assembly Public Health Mentoring Award by the American Public Health Association
                     (APHA) for leadership in mentoring public health students
2017      Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Marquis Who's Who Publication Board
2017      Longevity Award for teaching in public health for 20 years, Mississippi Public Health Association
2018      ICTHP IMPACT Award,  Highest award of the Integrative, Complementary, and Transitional Health
                    Practices (ICTHP) Section for contributions to Integrative Health, American Public Health
                    Association (APHA)

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications

Recent Books

  1. Sharma, M. (2017). Theoretical foundations of health education and health promotion. (3rd ed.) Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett. ISBN# 978-1-2841-0494-3.
  2. Romas, J. A., & Sharma, M.  (2017). Practical stress management. A comprehensive workbook.  (7th ed.). Cambridge, MA: Academic Press (Elsevier). ISBN# 978-0128112953
  3. Sharma, M.  (2018). Introspective meditations for complete contentment (Santosha).  Omaha, NE: Health for All. ISBN# 978-1718670655


Recent Original Research Articles

Hayes, T., Sharma, M., Shahbazi, M., Sung, J.H, Bennett, R., & Reese-Smith, J. (2019). The evaluation of a fourth-generation multi-theory model (MTM) based intervention to initiate and sustain phyical activity in African American women. Health Promotion Perspectives, 9(1), 13-23. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2019.02

Sharma, M., Anyimukwu, C., Kim, R.W., Nahar, V.K., & Ford, M.A. (2018). Predictors of responsible drinking among college students who binge drink: A multi-theroy model (MTM) approach. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 118(8), 519-530. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2018.120

Bridges, L., Sharma, M., Lee, J. H., Bennett, R., Buxbaum, S., & Reese-Smith, J. (2018). Using the PRECEDE-PROCEED model for an online peer-to-peer suicide prevention and awareness for depression (SPAD) intervention among African American college students: Experimental study. Health Promotion Perspectives, 8(1), 15-24. doi: 10.15171/hpp.2018.02

Sharma, M., Catalano, H. P., Nahar, V. K., Lingam, V., Johnson, P., & Ford, M. A. (2017). Using multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change to predict water consumption instead of sugar sweetened beverages. Journal of Research in Health Sciences, 17 (1), e00370.


Recent Review Articles

Bridges, L., & Sharma, M. (2017). The efficacy of yoga as a form of treatment for depression. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 22(4), 1017-1028.doi: 10.1177/2156587217715927

Rush, S., & Sharma, M. (2017). Mindfulness-based stress reduction as a stress management intervention for cancer care: A systematic review. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 22(2), 347-359. DOI: 10.1177/2156587216661467


Research Support

(n=113; about $4 million) 

Ohio Commission on Minority Health   J. Mawasha (PI) 8/1/05 – 12/31/19
To plan and conduct participatory evaluations of projects funded by OCMH.
Role: Consultant

Ohio Commission on Minority Health   J. Mawasha (PI) 8/1/17 – 12/31/19
Project IM-HUB grants evaluation funded by OCMH.
Role: Consultant

National Science Foundation Award  JSU Advance   L. Moore (PI) 5/1/17 – 8/1/17
To apply multi-theory model of health behavior change to address implicit bias in public health
Role: Investigator



Dr. Sharma’s CV