Overview

Behavioral Health Promotion and Education focuses on the health related behavior of individuals in the context of sociocultural structures, communities, healthcare systems, and family units.  Of particular interest is how health-related behaviors of individuals are determined by and interact with conditions in the social, political, cultural, economic, physical, and biological environments to influence health status. Emphasis is placed on indentifying, evaluating, and reducing unhealthy behaviors and promoting positive personal health.  This specialization seeks to integrate and apply public health theories and methods to problems of human health.  Assessment, planning, and evaluation with emphasis on sociocultural aspect of health are the core themes of the study of health promotion and education.