Date of Conferral



Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


Public Health


Jirina Foltysova


In the United States, hepatitis B disproportionately affects Asian and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Hepatitis B related liver cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Asian Americans. Despite the proven significant economic, health, and social effect of hepatitis B virus, immunization rates remain low. The purpose of this study is to examine the association between sociodemographic factors (age, marital status, gender, work experiences), health status factors (chronic disease, nonchronic disease), health behavior factors (smoking, alcohol intake, tobacco use, physical activity), and hepatitis B vaccination among Asian adults (≥ 18 years) in the United States. The main theory that frames this work is Andersen’s behavioral model. This study employed a quantitative research design with cross-sectional secondary data that was obtained from the Inter- University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Website. In addressing the research question, binary logistic regression was used. The results showed that there was a statistically significant relationship between sociodemographic factors, health status factors, health behavior factors, and hepatitis B vaccination among Asian adults (≥ 18 years) in the United States. The findings of this study may promote positive social change by improving vaccination campaigns and awareness especially, among Asian adults (≥ 18 years) through the development of community health informative programs that are specifically tailored to the Asian civilian noninstitutionalized population.