Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion M.P.H. Program
Barbara L. Greenberg, PhD
Director, M.P.H. Studies:
Penny Liberatos, PhD,
The Department of Epidemiology and Community Health offers an on-campus and fully online MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion and a graduate certificate in Health Education. The Certificate in Health Education can be taken as part of the MPH or alone.
The most serious health problems in the U.S. today – heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and obesity – have substantial behavioral and social components. The mission of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion program is to educate individuals who will be able to develop effective public health intervention strategies for risk reduction and health promotion. These strategies can be used for individuals, organizations, communities, and populations.
The Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion is appropriate for students who are interested in a career focused on promoting health and preventing illness, for established health professionals (including physicians, nurses, dentists, therapists and health educators), and others who want a better understanding of the role of behavior and social influences in illness and health. The program enables students to develop the skills that are necessary to change behaviors and social environments for a healthier lifestyle. Courses emphasize principles of behavior change, psychosocial factors, program-planning and evaluation and the design of studies to assess the effectiveness of interventions as they relate to public health problems. Graduates of the program will be able to identify factors in the etiology, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of illness, and to develop, administer, and evaluate preventive and rehabilitative intervention strategies.
Topics not covered in regularly scheduled required and elective courses may be pursued through Field Experience, Directed Research , and Tutorial in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion.
A graduate of the MPH program in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion is expected to achieve the following the following program (P) competencies:
BSHP P1 -Identify and describe the major behavioral and social sources of morbidity and mortality.
BSHP P2 -Describe the major theories and techniques for changing lifestyle health behaviors.
BSHP P3 -Compare the strengths and limitations of major theories in designing different types of health behavior interventions.
BSHP P4 -Describe the major issues in health education and communication and effecting change in individuals, groups, and communities.
BSHP P5 -Identify the role that social, environmental and personal stressors play in the health of individuals and communities.
BSHP P6 -Describe steps/procedures for the needs assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of public health programs, policies and interventions.
BSHP P7 -Describe the appropriateness/applicability of different research designs for the evaluation of a health program.
BSHP P8 -Evaluate the strengths/weaknesses of research studies (including design, sample, variable conceptualization/ measurement, analysis) and their appropriateness for research questions and for the evaluation of programs.
BSHP P9 -Communicate evaluation/research findings to lay and professional audiences.
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