College of Public Health students graduating

Health Behavior Concentration

Concentration Specific Competencies

  • Apply theory to understanding and measuring the multilevel, ecological context of health behavior, focusing on social determinants of behavior and causes of inequities in individual and population health outcomes.
  • Determine the needs and assets of communities and understand how to successfully and ethically build and sustain partnerships and collaborations.
  • Understand how to identify, plan, adapt, implement, and evaluate sustainable evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, and how to successfully disseminate and communicate program methods and outcomes to scientific, practitioner, and lay communities.
  • Critically examine and interpret existing health promotion programs and scientific literature to promote evidence-based public health research and practice.

Area of Concentration Courses

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
* In rare instances, courses taught outside the Department of Health Behavior & Society may be more appropriate for students who have selected a specific topical area. To receive HB elective credit for any non-HB course within the CPH, students need to obtain approval from their academic advisor. To receive HB elective credit for any course outside of the CPH, students must obtain approval from both their advisor and the department chair.
  Area Requirements  
CPH 643 Measuring Health Behavior 3
CPH 672 Evidence-Based Public Health Planning & Practice 3
CPH 648 Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities 3
CPH 763 Ethics for the Public Health 3
  Electives* (2 Courses Required)  
CPH 641 Public health and Anthropology 3
CPH 644 Rural Health Disparities 3
CPH 645 Food Systems and Public Health 3
CPH 646 [Most sections, please refer to course catalog for specific offerings] 3
CPH 660 GIS Systems and Public Health 3
CPH 728 Health of Agricultural Populations 3
CPH 778 Special Topics (most sections, check with your advisor) 3