The Health Behavior Concentration prepares students to understand and apply theories of health behavior and health promotion to improve population health. Students in the Health Behavior Concentration will gain experience in behavioral-social science frameworks and methodologies for designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions, and in disseminating and translating findings for diverse communities. The Health Behavior Concentration also emphasizes the roles of cultural competence, ethical practice, professionalism, and community collaboration as vital to the design and delivery of public health interventions.
Master of Public Health
Health Behavior Concentration
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- Explain the similarities and differences, strengths and weaknesses of predominant behavioral and social science theories for public health.
- Apply the component principles of behavioral and social science theories to health behaviors.
- Examine how behavioral and social science theories can be used to facilitate change in health-related behavior.
- Apply principles of health literacy and communication best practices to develop a brief health communication.
- Design health communications to promote behavior change that results in decreased risks for disease and/or promote wellness.
- Develop a plan to monitor and assess the reach, fidelity, and outcome of health communications.
- Examine the causes and consequences of health disparities from the perspective of multiple behavioral and social science perspectives.
Information for students who matriculated prior to Fall 2018 (PDF)
Health Behavior Concentration Courses
Complete both of the following courses:
- PHP2340, Theories of Behavioral and Social Sciences in Public Health (Fall)
- PHP2380, Health Communications (Spring)
Social Determinants of Health and Diversity
Complete one of the following courses:
- PHP1650, Race, Racism, and Health (Spring)
- PHP1810, Community-Engaged Research in Public Health (Spring)
- PHP1821, Incarceration, Disparities, and Health (Fall)
- PHP1920, Social Determinants of Health (Fall)
- PHP2365, Public Health Issues in LGBT Populations (Spring)
Health Behavior Content-Focused Courses
Compete two of the following courses:
- PHP1300, Parenting Behaviors, and Child Health (Fall)
- PHP1540, Alcohol Use, and Misuse (Fall)
- PHP1550, Substance Use and Vulnerability to Addictions (Fall)
- PHP1551, Substance Use Prevention, Treatment & Policy (Spring)
- PHP1600, Obesity in the 21st Century: Causes, Consequences, and Countermeasures (Spring)
- PHP1610, Tobacco, Disease and the Industry: cigs, e-cigs, and more (Spring)
- PHP1690, Technology and Behavior Change (Fall)
- PHP1880, Meditation, Mindfulness, and Health (Fall)
- PHP1885, Measuring Mindfulness (Spring)
- PHP1890, The Craving Mind (Fall)
- PHP2310, Physical Activity & PH (Fall)
*Students taking the qualitative analytic sequence must also take PHP2061, Qualitative Analysis in Public Health Research, as an elective.
Health Behavior Concentration Lead
Bess Marcus, Ph.D.Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences