Health education is a social science that draws from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical, and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability, and premature death. Health education involves the development of individual, group, institutional, community, and systemic strategies to improve health knowledge, attitudes, skills, and behavior.
The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in health education program is to prepare doctoral degree graduates in advanced study and research in community/public health. The program prepares advanced students to contribute to the field of health education through teaching, research, and service. Although health and research courses are required, the program is individualized through selection of elective courses and a cognate to develop each student for leadership roles in universities, the private health sector, or government agencies.
Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE); American Association for Health Education (AAHE)