Health Behavior and Health Promotion (HBHP) addresses the behavioral and social factors that influence individual and population health with an emphasis on eliminating health disparities. This field involves the application of theory to 1) understand the core causes of complex public health problems and 2) design multi-level interventions to optimize population health and well-being.
The Masters in Public Health in HBHP prepares students to lead and collaborate in behavioral and health services research and practice and to understand and apply methods to develop, test, evaluate and implement public health programs. Students are prepared to engage in multidisciplinary research and practice focused on social and behavioral determinants of health, and on the efficacy, effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of health behavior, community, health services and policy interventions.
Graduates with an MPH in HBHP have an array of potential job opportunities in the public and private sectors, such as directing health programs in local health departments and coordinating programs and research projects in non-profit, government or university settings.
The goal of the HBHP faculty is to train the next generation of behavioral science practitioners and researchers in using cutting-edge methodologic tools to identify, test and implement potential solutions to public health problems. Faculty research expertise spans an array of public health problems, clinical topics and methodological areas. Examples include health disparities, cancer prevention and control, advancing dissemination and implementation of evidence-based health care interventions and policies, HIV prevention and adolescent health, novel smoking cessation strategies, and community-based participatory research.