The Department of Health Behavior examines the ways in which social contexts and behaviors influence the health of populations.
We engage a cross-disciplinary approach to research, practice and education. Our faculty are at the forefront of research on domestic and global public health problems and students graduate with skill-sets for effecting positive change. Read more.
Our research strengths include:
- Adolescent health
- Community-based participatory research
- Early detection and management of disease
- Health communication
- Health disparity reduction
- HIV/AIDS prevention and control
- Obesity, diabetes and weight-related behaviors
- Tobacco control and regulation
- Violence prevention
How can we reduce childhood obesity? According to Health Behavior Chair Dr. Leslie Lytle in an op-ed in JAMA Pediatrics, one effective way is to increase the “buy-in” from schools to enact healthier food practices and policies.
Doctoral student Laura Villa-Torres has a paper published in a special edition of December’s Journal of Adolescent Health, focusing on how youth have been and should be involved in the development of sexual and reproductive health policy and programming.