Health Behavior Program Competencies

Department of Health Behavior Competencies
for Degree Programs (MPH, MSPH, PhD)

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Health Behavior MPH Competencies

HB- MPH 1: Apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems.

HB-MPH 2: Develop evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs.

HB MPH 3: Apply principles of evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.

HB MPH 4: Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards of public health research and practice.

HB MPH 5: Evaluate the literature concerning individual and social influences on health behavior.


Health Behavior MSPH Competencies

HB MSPH 1:Demonstrate expertise in area of specialization.

HB MSPH 2:Develop a health behavior intervention and revise if necessary.

HB MSPH 3:Conduct health behavior research under the guidance of a health behavior mentor

HB MSPH 4: Write a health behavior study manuscript reporting appropriate research principles and methods in the design, conduct, analysis, and interpretation.

HB MSPH 5: Present health behavior study findings to health behavior mentor and faculty in a public forum

Health Behavior Doctor of Philosophy Competencies

HB- PhD 1: Analyze the individual and social influences on health behavior with the aim of developing, evaluating, and implementing solutions to health behavior problems

HB-PhD 2: Evaluate theoretical models of health and health behavior considering societal, structural, community, and organizational influences.

HB-PhD 3: Design community-based health behavior intervention programs.

HB-PhD 4: Conduct a comprehensive review of literature and identify gaps.

HB-PhD 5: Develop a health behavior dissertation research proposal with detailed plan for conducting the study and performing the analyses.

HB PhD 6: Conduct dissertation research from design through analysis and interpretation.

HB-PhD 7: Effectively communicate results in an oral presentation and manuscript appropriate for degree.



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