University of Nevada-Las Vegas

Manoj Sharma, MBBS, Ph.D., MCHES® 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 certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing. He is currently a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Social & Behavioral Health Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the School of Public Health. In his career, spanning over 35 years, he has trained/taught over 6,000 health professionals. He has designed and taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in health behavior, health education, and health promotion at 13 national and international universities working full-time or part-time. He has worked and provided leadership for local health departments, state health departments/agencies, federal government agencies, non-profit agencies, professional organizations, and international agencies including governments of other nations. He has been invited as a keynote presenter at several universities. He is a prolific researcher and as of October 2023 had published 15 books, over 380 peer-reviewed research articles, and over 500 other publications (h-index 52, i-10 index over 225, and over 14,000 citations) and secured funding for over $10 million. He is ranked in the top one percentile of global scientists from 176 subfields by Elsevier. He has been awarded several prestigious honors including the American Public Health Association’s Lyndon Haviland Mentoring Award, ICTHP Impact Award, J. Mayhew Derryberry Award, ATOD Lifetime Achievement Award, and William R. Gemma Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Public Health Alumni Society at the Ohio State University among others. His research interests are in developing and evaluating theory-based health behavior change interventions, obesity prevention, stress-coping, community-based participatory research/evaluation, and integrative mind-body-spirit interventions.