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Health Behavior and Community Health

Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion

Changing Behavior to Create Better Health
The most serious health problems in the U.S. today – heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and obesity – have substantial behavioral and social components. This program will give you a clear understanding of the role of behavior and social influences in illness and health, and the skills necessary to develop effective public health intervention strategies to reduce risk and promote health.  You will learn how to help individuals and communities change behavior and improve their environment for a healthier lifestyle.

  • You will learn techniques for behavior change—health promotion, health education, community needs assessments, and the development and evaluation of intervention programs, with sensitivity to cultural factors.
  • You will develop the ability to examine and propose research focused on the behavioral, social, and cultural influences that impact the health of individuals, communities and populations.
  • You will receive the necessary foundation for a career as a health educator, program coordinator, research associate, and program evaluator/researcher in a variety of settings, including public health agencies, private non-profit and advocacy organizations, and other health-related organizations.
  • You will acquire skills appropriate for pursuing doctoral study in public health, especially in the area of social and behavioral sciences.

Delivery Options:
This program may be completed in a traditional classroom format with late afternoon and evening classes or completely online or as a hybrid of both.  You may also choose to combine this program with the Certificate in Health Education.

Credits Required for Completion: 43

Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Community Health Advisement Sheet

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