Areas of Emphasis
Students are required to complete an "area of emphasis" taking a minimum of five courses or 15 credits in specialized theory or methods courses. The area of emphasis is typically chosen after the first year.
Students may choose one of the defined areas, or may design an area of emphasis with courses selected in conjunction with his/her mentor, based on past course work, experience, proposed dissertation topic, and career goals. Students who choose two areas of emphasis must meet the course requirements of both.
Prospective students are welcome to contact faculty representatives of the areas of emphasis to learn of current research activities and opportunities.
Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Health Promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over and improve their health. It encompasses a variety of strategies, including health education and health communication, and implies that interventions with both individuals and communities are important.
The Health Behavior and Health Promotion area of emphasis permits trainees to apply social and behavioral science theory and methods to the study and practice of public health education. The concentration offers specialized instruction in program planning and evaluation, applied learning theory, health communication, health behavior, intervention methods, instructional design, and group process.