The Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences emphasizes teaching, research and community service related to influencing health-related behavior as well as the economic, environmental, organizational and policy supports necessary for sustained long-term health improvement. We are committed to helping our students address the social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity.
The Ph.D. in Public Health Sciences specialization in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences is open to a select group of students who are committed to developing knowledge and skills in areas related to the social determinants of health, health disparities, and health equity. Students who complete this program will be suited to positions in academia as well as public health-related enterprises. Please note that this curriculum is in the process of being changed.
About the Department
The Department of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences is a community of scholars committed to advancing health equity and social justice through interdisciplinary, community-engaged research, teaching, and service.
Our approach to health promotion and behavioral sciences is framed within the social-ecological model. We conduct research on theory and action to support the development, implementation, evaluation, and translation of interventions with impact at multiple levels. Our faculty maintain a growing research portfolio aiming to develop innovative approaches to addressing inequity and to inform policy, practice, and resource distribution. Located within a metropolitan research university, we collaborate with scholars from various disciplines, as well as local agencies and organizations to improve population health. In addition, our strong relationships with community partners provide a direct path for translation of our research into action both locally and globally.
We take a student-centered approach to teaching, learning, and mentoring. Our goal is that each of our graduates leaves with the training and experience to engage as public health-oriented leaders. We achieve this by intentionally building their critical thinking and leadership skills and utilizing our research and multidisciplinary expertise to immerse students in the work of public health.
Students interested in health equity and social justice will benefit from the multidisciplinary background of our faculty. In our department, students are uniquely trained to approach complex social and public health issues using theories, methods, and strategies from across diverse disciplines. In addition, our faculty possess a breadth of expertise in various designs, methods, approaches, and subject matter areas to support students in their academic and professional pursuits. Located in the heart of a metropolitan area, our hands-on training strengthens the science and practice of public health, equipping our graduates to be leaders in a variety of settings.
Interdisciplinary Training of Our Faculty:
- Public Health: Health Promotion / Social & Behavioral Health
- Biostatistics / Bioinformatics
- Cognitive psychology
- Community sciences
- Global health
- Health education
- Occupational therapy
- Policy and politics
- Prevention science
- Youth development
- Demonstrate a social justice perspective in considering and being sensitive to issues that influence public health, health policy, and the delivery of health care.
- Appraise the role of structural, social, political, behavioral, and psychological determinants in producing and maintaining population health and health inequities.
- Apply and critically evaluate multi-level theoretical models of health and health behavior to understanding and intervening in societal, structural, community and organizational influences on public health issues.
- Demonstrate expertise in selecting and applying rigorous and ethical research methods to conduct research in the student’s cognate area.
- Implement pedagogical techniques, with a focus on critical pedagogy, in the process of teaching and learning.
- Communicate effectively and clearly both orally and in writing, and present public health issues and research findings in their area of expertise to a variety of audiences.
- Translate evidence into actionable information to develop and advocate for equitable policies and practices.
About the School
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