HIV/STI Intervention & Prevention Studies (HIPS)

HIPS-LogoHIV/AIDS and other STI’s are among the world’s greatest health threat.

The mission of the HIPS program is to advance the health of the community, locally, nationally and internationally, through research, education and service activities.


We design, pilot and evaluate “next generation” HIV prevention interventions and conduct research in new methods to promote positive sexual health and reduce HIV/STI risk.


We prioritize activities and direct community service that will positively impact the under-served and populations most impacted by HIV/STI.


We train students seeking a career in HIV/STI prevention.

Faculty & Staff

B.R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, LP

Professor and Director, HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health,
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

B. R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, LP, is professor and director of the HIV/STI Intervention and Prevention Studies (HIPS) Program, in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.  He has advanced degrees in psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine, with postdoctoral training in clinical/research sexology. Born and raised in New Zealand, he helped found the New Zealand AIDS Foundation (1983), then completed the first PhD in HIV prevention in the Southern Hemisphere at the Flinders University of South Australia. Simon moved to University of Minnesota in 1990. He is an award-winning author of 5 books and numerous scientific articles, serves as a reviewer for NIH on the Behavioral and Social Consequences of HIV/AIDS, and is best known for his research in the areas of HIV prevention, male homosexuality, homophobia, sexual health, Internet sex, and structural level interventions. Currently he is principal investigator on three NIH-funded studies testing highly interactive Internet based interventions for Men who use the Internet to seek Sex with Men, examining the long-term impacts of HIV prevention interventions for persons living with HIV, and structural level interventions to lower alcohol-related HIV risk; a CDC-formative study designing online interventions for persons living with HIV; and a state-funded study to improve the sexual health and reduce HIV risk behavior among MSM.

 William (Bill) West,PhD

Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota

Dr. West is a lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota specializing in scientific and technical communication. His recent focus is on learning in e-environments, e-communication in medical and homeland security crises, and differences in learning between online and offline classroom environments.

Rosser B.R. Simon 612-624-0358
West William 612-530-8557
Kilian Gunna 612-626-8148
Dewitt James 612-624-8252
Lele Angelique 612-625-8329