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Health Behavior and Health Education

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Health Behavior and Health Education is concerned with the factors associated with health-related behavior and health status, and develops and evaluates educational activities designed to improve individual and community health and quality of life.

The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education seeks to promote health and prevent and manage disease within populations.

We focus on social and behavioral factors associated with health status and behavior. We develop programs to promote health, prevent disease, and manage chronic illness. Our multidisciplinary faculty provide students with a broad choice of courses, including those which emphasize individual, family, social network, community, and policy approaches to health behavior and health education. Our courses integrate theory, research, and practice through the use of case studies, small group discussions, community-based fieldwork, and computer technology. Our faculty conduct research using multiple research designs and methods for the diverse purposes of examining basic research questions, evaluating interventions, applying research findings to program development, and involving community.

Mission of Health Behavior and Health Education

The educational mission of Health Behavior and Health Education is to train leaders to analyze and intervene on a broad range of domestic and global health issues across the lifespan. We train leaders through practice experiences, classroom learning, and research opportunities to develop the skills necessary to integrate cultural, ethical, socioeconomic, and social justice issues to improve public health outcomes and quality of life.