Health Behavior

Prospective students should visit http://www.soph.uab.edu/apply to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply.

Degrees Offered: M.P.H.; M.S.P.H.; Ph.D.
Department Chair: Kevin Fontaine, Ph.D.
Phone: (205) 934-6020
Department Contact: Julie Brown, M.S.
Department Contact E-mail: jebrown@uab.edu
Website: http://www.soph.uab.edu/hb

Program Information and Objectives

The Department of Health Behavior aims to train health promotion specialists/behavioral scientists to conduct research, develop and evaluate programs, implement and disseminate programs and integrate ethical, cultural and social justice topics as they address the public’s health.

Health Behavior MPH and PhD students learn to use theories and methods from the social and behavioral sciences to develop programs that encourage  healthy behaviors. They learn state-of-the-art techniques and methods for research and program evaluation. Doctoral students study these topics in depth as they apply their knowledge and skills to conducting research and writing funding proposals and manuscripts. Our research covers obesity prevention including lifestyle interventions, family and adolescent health issues, prevention  and control of addictive behaviors, sexual health risks including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, community based health promotion, health communication, and dissemination and implementation science.

Degree Programs

  • MPH Health Behavior - also offered fully online
  • MPH Fast Track (5th Year Program)
  • Coordinated MPH/PhD in Health Behavior and Psychology or Sociology
  • Coordinated MPH/MSN in Health Behavior
  • MSPH Clinical Research
  • Ph.D. Health Education & Health Promotion


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Admissions Information

Master Program Deadline: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
PhD Program Deadline: July 1
GPA 3.0
Number of Letters of Recommendation Required: Three
Entrance Tests: GRE www.soph.uab.edu/apply
TOEFL TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.
SOPH Admissions: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
Comments For additional information please contact Julie Brown, M.S. (jebrown@uab.edu, phone: 205-975-8075)
 
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Master of Public Health in Health Behavior

  Including the MPH Fast Track Program and Online Degree Program


The MPH degree in Health Behavior addresses the behavioral, social, and cultural factors related to individual and population health and health disparities.  Students in our program are able to apply social and behavioral science theories to public health problems, develop evidence-based health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs, and apply principles of evaluating health promotion interventions and disease prevention programs.  We emphasize the importance of community based participatory research and the application findings through a variety of behavioral and social science health promotion strategies.  Classes are designed to be engaging, interactive, and relevant to current health behavior issues.  Graduates of our health behavior program are well positioned for opportunities in local, state, and federal agencies, non-profit/community based organizations, private research foundations, as well as the academic setting.

Curriculum:  In addition to the MPH core requirements, students take 12 hours of health behavior track courses, a 3 hour internship and 9 hours of electives.

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements (20 hours):
BST 601Biostatistics4
ENH 600Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science3
EPI 600Introduction to Epidemiology3
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HCO 600Management and Policy in Public Health Systems and Services4
PUH 695The Public Health Integrative Experience3
Departmental Track Requirements (12 hours):
HB 624Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory3
HB 636Developing Interventions to Promote Public Health3
HB 641Research Methods in Behavioral Science3
HB 643Health Program Evaluation3
Internship (3 hours):
HB 697Internship3
Social & Behavioral Science Electives (9 hours):
Select 9 hours of 600-level or higher (HB) courses.9
Total Hours44

MSPH in Clinical Research

In response to interest in medical and other health science schools in developing the clinical research skills of faculty members and fellows, the Schools of Medicine and Public Health have combined efforts to create a training program for young faculty members and fellows from a variety of disciplines.

This program is a post-medical or other health science degree training program, aimed primarily at fellows and faculty members interested in developing skills required for clinical research. It is anticipated that this academic training will supplement extensive training in the content area in which the enrollee is trained, and senior mentoring in the politics and policies of project development and management. A graduate of this program will have the academic training to develop and lead independent research programs and projects. The program consists of a core set of courses common to all students, plus research elective and focus elective courses that reflect the academic interest of the student.  Graduates will be able to do the following upon completion of the program:

  • Design, conduct, and evaluate clinical research studies;
  • Understand issues of data collection and study management;
  • Follow appropriate policies and procedures relating to the utilization of human subjects in clinical research;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethics of research on human subjects;
  • Prepare competitive applications for extramural research funding;
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in the scientific literature; and
  • Critically evaluate published research.


Curriculum

The MSPH in Clinical Research consists of a minimum of 42 credit hours. Of these, 15 hours are required, including 9 hours of specific biostatistics courses and 6 hours of specific epidemiology courses. Students then select at least 6 credit hours from a list of approved Masters Research electives, complete 12 hours of focus specific electives in Health Behavior, and take at least 9 hours of Masters Level Directed Research to fulfill the MSPH requirement for conducting a research project.

 Students receiving a MSPH are required to complete a 3 hour Online course entitled "Overview of Public Health" by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.
 

RequirementsHours
MSPH Required Core Courses
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
BST 625Design/Conduct Clinical Trials3
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
EPI 680Topics in Clinical Research2
Health Behavior Requirements:
HB 624Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory3
HB 636Developing Interventions to Promote Public Health3
HB 641Research Methods in Behavioral Science3
HB 643Health Program Evaluation3
Masters Level Research:
HB 681MSPH Directed Research I3
HB 682MSPH Directed Research II3
HB 683MSPH Directed Research III3
Masters Research Electives (6 hours): 6 hours should be selected by faculty advisor and student to complete total hours required for degree
BST 619Data Collection and Management3
BST 626
626L
Data Management and Reporting with SAS
and Data Management and Reporting with SAS Laboratory
3
ENH 650Essentials of Environmental and Occupational Toxicology and Diseases3
EPI 625Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology3
EPI 703Grant Proposal Writing3
EPI 704Advanced Epidemiologic Methods3
HCO 677Patient-Based Outcomes Measurement3
Total Hours42

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Education and Health Promotion

The PhD program in health education/promotion provides students with instruction and research experience to become scientists and practitioners in health education and health promotion. The program combines the resources of academic units from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior, UAB School of Education, Department of Human Studies), and the University of Alabama (UA) College of Human Environmental Sciences, Department of Health Science.

Health Behavior doctoral students learn to use theories and methods from the social and behavioral sciences to develop programs that encourage healthy behaviors. They learn state-of-the-art techniques and methods for research and program evaluation. Students study these topics in depth as they apply their knowledge and skills to conducting research and writing proposals and manuscripts. They have opportunities to become involved in faculty research projects on a broad range of health issues such as behavioral interventions, family and adolescent health issues, obesity prevention, prevention and control of addictive behaviors, sexual health risks including HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, community based health promotion, health communication, program evaluation, and translation of research findings.

Curriculum

The PhD program requires completion of a minimum of 73 hours of graduate credit, satisfactory performance on the qualifying exam, and completion of a doctoral dissertation.  All PhD students must meet the graduation requirements of their department and the UAB Graduate School.

All PhD students are required to complete a 37 hour, self-paced online course entitled “Overview of Public Health” by the end of their second semester. Students with prior public health education (coursework in each of the public health core disciplines) or experience (5 years in public health) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean.

RequirementsHours
Department Requirement (18 hours): 1
HB 724Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory3
HB 741Advanced Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences3
HB 736Advanced Research Intervention Design3
HB 737Advanced Intervention Implementation and Evaluation3
HB 703Writing for the Behavioral Sciences3
GRD 717Principles of Scientific Integrity3
Joint Courses (3 hours): 2
HB 770Doctoral Studies Seminar1
HB 770Doctoral Studies Seminar1
HB 770Doctoral Studies Seminar1
Select 9 Hours of Elective Courses for Health Education / Health Promotions:9
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Physical Activity in Public Health
Womens Health and Social Behavior
African-American Health Issues
GIS for Public Health
Communities, Families & Health
Adolescent Health: A Social and Behavioral Perspective
Principles and Practices of Community Organization
Energetics: Scientific Foundations of Obesity and Other Health Aspects
Mental Health and Stress Management
Human Sexuality
Wellness Promotion Peer Educators Part 1
SHAPE Peer Education
Environmental Disasters
Cancer Epidemiology and Control
Cancer Epidemiology and Control
HIV/AIDS and STDs
Genetics in Public Health
Grant Proposal Writing
Tropical and Infectious Diseases
Social Work in Public Health
Public Health Demography
Social and Ethical Issues in Public Health
Race, Nutrition and Health
Health Education / Health Promotions Advanced Research & Statistical Methods (16 hours; during first 6 semesters):
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research4
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
BST 619Data Collection and Management3
NRM 778Mixed Methods Research II: Designing and Conducting a Mixed Methods Study3
or HCO 728 Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health
Select 3 Hours of Elective Courses for Health Education / Health Promotions Evaluation / Research Methods/Stats:3
Theory-Based Measurement Development
Advanced Health Program Evaluation Seminar
Mediation and Moderation in Behavioral Science Research
Intermediate Statistical Analysis III
Data Management and Reporting with SAS
Intervention Strategies for Health Education/Promotion
Community-Based Approaches to Evaluation and Grantsmanship of Health Education/Promotion Programs
Fundamentals of Clinical Research
Quantitative Methods in Epidemiology
Introduction to Qualitative Methods in Educational Research
Mixed Methods Approaches to Educational Research
Needs Assessment and Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health
Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research in Public Health
Mixed Methods Research I: Introduction to the Field
Health Education / Health Promotions Directed Research (12 hours):
HB 798/HE 702Doctoral-Level Directed Res Minimum 12 hours1-9
Qualifying Exam Must complete 75% of didactic coursework
Dissertation Proposal
Health Education / Health Promotions Dissertation Research (12 hours): at least 2 semesters of candidacy
HB/HE 799Doctoral Dissertation Research Minimum 12 hours1-9
Dissertation Defense
Minimum Credit Hours Earned for Degree:73
1

Sequenced Courses offered every other year taken in this order: HB 724, 741 (fall), 736 (spring) & HB 737 (following fall).

2

Joint Courses include Doctoral Seminar, Health Education / Health Promotions Electives, Advanced Research & Stats Methods Courses, Evaluation/Research Methods/Stats Electives, Directed and Dissertation Research hours.

Courses

HB 600. Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This Masters level course fulfills the social and behavioral sciences core requirement for MPH students. It is designed to provide an overview of the social and behavioral sciences in public health to masters’ level students in UAB’s School of Public Health. Social and behavioral science theories and strategies in public health will be discussed in relation to preventing disease and promoting health over the life course. The course is comprised of two major sections: (1) overview of fundamentals of social and behavioral sciences in public health and (2) social and behavioral science research and strategies and application of social and behavioral sciences in public health practice and policy. This course is intended to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing people’s health and well-being from a social and behavioral science perspective. Theoretical frameworks that draw on major health behavior theories will provide a better understanding of how individuals, families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and the larger community influence risk and protective factors. Considerations intrinsic to social and behavioral science efforts designed to produce health-related behavior change will be discussed. In the box below is the description of social and behavioral sciences given by the Association of Schools of Public Health. The course will promote intellectual and collaborative learning through course lectures, readings, class discussions, and individual and group work.

HB 600Q. Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

This Masters level course fulfills the social and behavioral sciences core requirement for MPH students. It is designed to provide an overview of the social and behavioral sciences in public health to masters’ level students in UAB’s School of Public Health. Social and behavioral science theories and strategies in public health will be discussed in relation to preventing disease and promoting health over the life course. The course is comprised of two major sections: (1) overview of fundamentals of social and behavioral sciences in public health and (2) social and behavioral science research and strategies and application of social and behavioral sciences in public health practice and policy. This course is intended to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing people’s health and well-being from a social and behavioral science perspective. Theoretical frameworks that draw on major health behavior theories will provide a better understanding of how individuals, families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and the larger community influence risk and protective factors. Considerations intrinsic to social and behavioral science efforts designed to produce health-related behavior change will be discussed. In the box below is the description of social and behavioral sciences given by the Association of Schools of Public Health. The course will promote intellectual and collaborative learning through course lectures, readings, class discussions, and individual and group work.

HB 602. Alcohol and Drug Abuse. 3 Hours.

History and theory of human substance use and abuse. Empirical foundations of alcohol and drug abuse, diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and prevention. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 603. Obesity Prevention & Intervention. 3 Hours.

The aim of this course is to provide students with theoretical and practical knowledge required to develop, implement, and evaluate obesity intervention and prevention programs. The course covers both pediatric and adult obesity intervention and prevention with a focus on lifestyle (dietary intake, physical activity) and environmental factors. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 604. High Technology Approaches to Health Communications and Behavior Change Interventions. 3 Hours.

To present students with an initial, in-depth exposure to concepts, technical skills and research findings associated with the integration of computer technology and health communications.

HB 605. Physical Activity in Public Health. 3 Hours.

This seminar course is an introduction to research and practice related to physical activity promotion from a public health perspective and will describe health benefits, epidemiological data, national recommendations and plans, and global initiatives related to physical activity. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 606. Food Systems and Policies. 4 Hours.

This course will introduce students to elements of food systems and the implications of public policies around food.

HB 606Q. Food Systems and Policies Online. 3 Hours.

This course will introduce students to elements of food systems and the implications of public policies around food.

HB 607. Nutrition of Mothers and Children. 3 Hours.

This course will cover concepts in MCH nutrition at three levels (biology, epidemiology and prevention/policies/practice)specific to 4 core topics over-nutrition/obesity; under-nutrition; infant and toddler nutrition; and pregnancy/fetal nutrition. Half of each class session will be devoted to interactive discussion.

HB 608. Womens Health and Social Behavior. 3 Hours.

This course examines social and behavioral factors that adversely affect women's health. Students learn to apply gender specific theories to design health interventions tailored towards women.

HB 608Q. Women’s Health and Social Behavior Online. 3 Hours.

Improvements in women’s health require an understanding of the determinants of disease, functioning and well‐being and the capacity to intervene in connection with the determinants. This course aids students in developing a better understanding of the social determinants of women’s health throughout the life cycle and explores practical strategies for intervention.

HB 609. African-American Health Issues. 3 Hours.

This is an intermediate level course that focuses on: epidemiological data illustrating the health risks experienced by African-Americans; sociocultural factors essential for understanding and enhancing the health of African-Americans; effective health-related prevention programs for African-Americans.

HB 609Q. African American Health Issues. 3 Hours.

This course will explore issues of both physical and psychological issues of African Americans today. Risk and protective factors for specific health conditions will be reviewed. Historical, sociocultural and economic factors that affect the quality and utilization of healthcare services in African American communities will be examined. Evidence-based ways to engage the community and draw on individual and community strengths in prevention and treatment will be highlighted. Students will be equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to develop a Community Action Plan aimed to improve the effectiveness of interventions targeting the African American community.

HB 610. Health Promo/Disease Prevent:Adv Theory/Practice. 3 Hours.

This course is a comprehensive overview of methods used to develop health promotion and disease prevention programs. It focuses on understanding, synthesizing, and applying behavior change theories to public health program development. The course includes the critical review of existing assessment measurements, the development of theory-based measures and evaluation principles in the context of intervention development and implementation.
Prerequisites: HB 600 [Min Grade: C]

HB 611. Mental Health as a Public Health Issue. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to increase knowledge of mental illness at the individual, community, and population levels. It also covers historical and contemporary models and research on the etiology, diagnosis, assessment, treatment and prevention of mental and other behavioral health disorders.

HB 614. Cancer Control in the Community. 3 Hours.

Students will learn to apply basic health behavior and program planning theory and models to develop, plan, implement and assess culturally and socially appropriate interventions within a public school and/or community setting. Through service learning, students will have the opportunity to implement interventions in a community setting intended to promote healthy nutrition choices, institute exercise practices, lower tobacco usage and promote the use of skin protection.
Prerequisites: HB 624 [Min Grade: C] or HB 643 [Min Grade: C]

HB 624. Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory. 3 Hours.

The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of theories of health behavior change with a strong focus on those theories that are most widely used in research and practice. Emphasis will be given to the discussion and elaboration of important theoretical concepts as well as their application in specific health behavior interventions. This class will take an ecological perspective and discuss theories that approach behavior change from various different levels. Basic theories that are covered in this course include individual level models (Health Belief Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Transtheoretical Model), interpersonal level models (Social Cognitive Theory), and community level models (community organization and other participatory models like Community Based Participatory Research, Diffusion of Innovations). 3 hours.

HB 624Q. Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory Online. 3 Hours.

The aim of this course is to provide students with a broad understanding of theories of health behavior change with a strong focus on those theories that are most widely used in research and practice. Emphasis will be given to the discussion and elaboration of important theoretical concepts as well as their application in specific health behavior interventions. This class will take an ecological perspective and discuss theories that approach behavior change from various different levels. Basic theories that are covered in this course include individual level models (Health Belief Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Transtheoretical Model), interpersonal level models (Social Cognitive Theory), and community level models (community organization and other participatory models like Community Based Participatory Research, Diffusion of Innovations).

HB 625. Dissemination and Implementation in Health. 3 Hours.

The course will offer an introduction to dissemination and implementation science, an interdisciplinary field focused on improving the transition of evidence-based health practices, programs, and interventions from research studies into “real-world” settings. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: HB 600 [Min Grade: C] and HB 641 [Min Grade: C]

HB 627. GIS for Public Health. 3 Hours.

This is an introductory course covering the theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS) for public health. Through this course, students will develop basic GIS skills, including GIS operations such as buffering, geocoding, layering, and spatial queries. Students will learn how to use those operations to both describe and propose solutions for public health challenges. The course will address introductory cartography and basic statistical aspects of spatial analysis. Learning will occur through lab exercises, case studies and homework exercises. The course will consist of one hour-long lecture/discussion and two hours of supervised lab/lecture each week. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 630. Health Communications: Theory and Practice. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to investigate the role of communication theories and methods in promoting public health and preventing disease. Both theoretical background in communication and behavioral science and practical communication/intervention development methods will be addressed.
Prerequisites: HB 624 [Min Grade: C]

HB 630Q. Communications Skills for the Health Professional Online. 3 Hours.

Research indicates that there are strong positive relationships between a healthcare team member’s communication skills and a patient’s capacity to follow through with medical recommendations, self-manage a chronic medical condition, and adopt preventive health behaviors. Studies conducted during the past three decades show that the health professional’s ability to explain, listen and empathize can have a profound effect on biological and functional health outcomes as well as patient satisfaction and experience of care. Communication skills with the patient, within a team and to the public are essential skills for the health professional. This course will cover interpersonal foundations for human communication, effective patient communication strategies (active listening and motivational interviewing), risk communication and health communications.

HB 635. Communities, Families & Health. 3 Hours.

This course is designed for graduate students in public health and related fields interested in working with families and communities to improve health outcomes. It is intended to provide students with a broader understanding of the structural and psychosocial factors related to health and well-being. To do so, the course will focus on theoretical frameworks that draw on an ecological perspective and examine how factors associated with families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and communities influence health. Emphasis will also be placed on the relevance of individual and community assets for the science of Health Behavior and the broader public health arena. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 636. Developing Interventions to Promote Public Health. 3 Hours.

This course is required for all Health Behavior MPH programs and the MSPH in clinical research in Health Behavior. The objective is to give Health Behavior and other students a broad overview of scientific methods for quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods research and basic concepts in survey development and outcome evaluation. The students will be able to identify the major steps and processes involved in health promotion or behavioral science research projects. These steps begin with the formulation of a research question and end with the reporting of the findings. Pre-requisite HB 624.
Prerequisites: HB 624 [Min Grade: C] or HB 624Q [Min Grade: C]

HB 636Q. Developing Interventions to Promote Public Health Online. 3 Hours.

This course is required for all Health Behavior MPH programs and the MSPH in clinical research in Health Behavior. The objective is to give Health Behavior and other students a broad overview of scientific methods for quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods research and basic concepts in survey development and outcome evaluation. The students will be able to identify the major steps and processes involved in health promotion or behavioral science research projects. These steps begin with the formulation of a research question and end with the reporting of the findings.
Prerequisites: HB 624 [Min Grade: C] or HB 624Q [Min Grade: C]

HB 638. Public Health Promotion and Aging Seminar. 3 Hours.

Exploration of current problems of the elderly, introduction to broad principles of health promotion for the elderly and review model health promotion programs. Course will be graded by letter.

HB 638Q. Public Health Promotion and Aging Seminar Online. 3 Hours.

Exploration of current problems of the elderly, introduction to broad principles of health promotion for the elderly and review model health promotion programs. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 639Q. Survey Design and Analysis in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course provides an in-depth treatment of survey design and elementary data analysis procedures commonly associated with social and behavioral research. What are the best practices for asking individuals potentially uncomfortable questions about risky health behaviors? How do we measure the reliability and validity of self-reported behaviors? This course addresses these issues in addition to those of sampling hard-to-reach populations, best practices in questionnaire design, an overview of index and scale construction, and an elementary introduction to data entry and analysis of survey data using common software packages. This course will improve the student’s ability to (1) develop and administer a survey, (2) identify the prerequisites for the proper analysis of data derived from a survey (e.g., identification and coding of missing data); and (3) interpret data derived from surveys with a special emphasis on the interpretation of data on health behaviors and outcomes.

HB 641. Research Methods in Behavioral Science. 3 Hours.

Review of research methodology in behavioral sciences. Formulation of research questions, causality, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, reliability and validity, reporting findings. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours Preq: Requires permission of instructor.

HB 641Q. Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences Online. 3 Hours.

This course is required for all Health Behavior MPH programs and the MSPH in clinical research in Health Behavior. The objective is to give Health Behavior and other students a broad overview of scientific methods for quantitative research, qualitative research, mixed methods research and basic concepts in survey development and outcome evaluation. The students will be able to identify the major steps and processes involved in health promotion or behavioral science research projects. These steps begin with the formulation of a research question and end with the reporting of the findings.

HB 643. Health Program Evaluation. 3 Hours.

Principles and procedures to evaluate health promotion/disease prevention programs: data collection methods, instrument-scale development, measurement, evaluation designs and analysis of case studies of disease prevention literature on evaluation. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: HB 641. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: HB 641 [Min Grade: C]

HB 643Q. Health Program Evaluation Online. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide graduate students in public health and related fields an exposure of the basic concepts and principles in program evaluation. The course will provide an overview of major steps and strategies involved in formative, process, and outcome evaluation.

HB 660. Adolescent Health: A Social and Behavioral Perspective. 3 Hours.

Designed to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing the health and well-being of adolescents. Theoretical frameworks that draw on an ecological perspective will provide a better understanding of how families, peers, schools, and neighborhoods influence risk and protective factors in youth. Emphasis will be placed on the relevance of adolescent health issues for the science of Health Behavior and the broader public health arena. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 660Q. Adolescent Health: A Social and Behavioral Science Perspective. 3 Hours.

This Masters level course will provide an overview of critical health issues in adolescence and review the potential of emerging perspectives to advance adolescent health and promote positive youth development. This course is designed to provide students with the most current knowledge and analysis of issues influencing the health and well-being of adolescents. Theoretical frameworks that draw on an ecological perspective will provide a better understanding of how families, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and the larger community influence risk and protective factors in youth. Adolescence is a time of growth and experimentation, a period marked by establishing autonomy and confronting new challenges.

HB 665. Family Violence/Child Victimization. 3 Hours.

Introduction: The purpose of this course is for students to gain a comprehensive knowledge of child maltreatment, family violence, child and youth victimization, and youth perpetration of violence. The course will focus on multi-disciplinary theoretical frameworks to explain family violence and subsequent effects on child/youth/young adult functioning including behavioral, social, and physical and mental health consequences.
Prerequisites: HB 624 [Min Grade: C]

HB 680. Health Promotion through Radio Outreach. 3 Hours.

Alternative methods for delivering health promotion messages to "hard-to-reach" audiences are being explored across the U.S. This course examines the strategy known as "entertainment education", specifically in terms of radio programming. Students who enroll will participate on the "BODYLOVE" script writers group as they learn to apply principals of behavior change in an "entertainment-education" format. "BODYLOVE" is a radio drama that is aired across the state of Alabama to education about risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

HB 681. MSPH Directed Research I. 3 Hours.

MSPH Directed Research I provides MSPH students with the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor in the design of a health behavior intervention and collection of data. This course is the first in a three-course sequence that culminates in the presentation of research findings to their faculty mentor and other faculty in a public forum. As such, HB 681 focuses on the development of a health behavior intervention in an area of the student’s expertise, including consideration of the PRECEDE/PROCEED model, study population, data collection methods, IRB approval, study registration, previous research, and other activities in consultation with their HB mentor.

HB 682. MSPH Directed Research II. 3 Hours.

MSPH Directed Research II provides MSPH students with the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor in the design of a health behavior intervention and collection of data. This course is the second in a three-course sequence that culminates in the presentation of research findings to their faculty mentor and other faculty in a public forum. As such, HB 682 focuses on collection and analysis of data, interpretation of results, and significant progress in the drafting of a scientific manuscript reporting the research project and preliminary results, and other activities in consultation with their HB mentor.
Prerequisites: HB 681 [Min Grade: P]

HB 683. MSPH Directed Research III. 3 Hours.

MSPH Directed Research III provides MSPH students with the opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor in the design of a health behavior intervention and collection of data. This course is the third in a three-course sequence that culminates in the presentation of research findings to their faculty mentor and other faculty in a public forum. As such, HB 683 focuses on analysis of data, interpretation of results, completion of a scientific manuscript reporting the research project and preliminary results, other activities in consultation with their HB mentor, and the presentation of results in a public forum.
Prerequisites: HB 681 [Min Grade: P] and HB 682 [Min Grade: P]

HB 692. Principles and Practices of Community Organization. 3 Hours.

Seminar designed as an integrative experience for persons working with community groups. The focus is on learning to use available resources and advocating change to maximize community involvement. NOTE: Requires permission of instructor.

HB 695. Seminar on Selected Health Behavior Topics. 1,3 Hour.

Seminar covering a variety of health behavior topics. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 3 hours.

HB 697. Internship. 3 Hours.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. HB 697 is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship.
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C]) and (BST 612Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 612 [Min Grade: C]) and (ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C] or HB 624 [Min Grade: C] or HB 624Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 600 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 600Q [Min Grade: C])

HB 697Q. Internship Online. 3 Hours.

The internship provides an opportunity for each student to work in a public health setting in a position that carries responsibility and is of particular interest. PUH 697 is a 3-credit hour course requirement of all MPH-seeking students. In order to register for the internship course, students must have completed all public health core coursework. Usually, this means that students must wait until their 3rd semester to complete the internship. Students must complete a minimum of 180 contact hours with the organization during the semester in which they register for the internship.
Prerequisites: (BST 601 [Min Grade: C] or BST 601Q [Min Grade: C] or BST 611 [Min Grade: C] or BST 611Q [Min Grade: C]) and (BST 612 [Min Grade: C] or BST 612Q [Min Grade: C]) and (ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C] or HB 624 [Min Grade: C] or HB 624Q [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 600 [Min Grade: C] or HCO 600Q [Min Grade: C])

HB 698. Master's Level Directed Research Health Education. 1-9 Hour.

Independent study with guidance of appropriate faculty. Includes activities such as literature review and evaluation. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours.

HB 699. Master's Level Project Research Health Education. 1-9 Hour.

Research for project under direction of research project committee. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 3-6 hours.
Prerequisites: GAC M

HB 701. Theory-Based Measurement Development. 3 Hours.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to measurement development based on well-specified behavioral theories. This course will review and discuss key issues related to measurement development such as item/scale development, number of factors to retain rotation options and statistical programs. Prerequisite: Requires knowledge of elementary probability and statistics for non-statistics majors and BST 611. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: BST 611 [Min Grade: C]

HB 703. Writing for the Behavioral Sciences. 3 Hours.

The aim of this course is to develop and fine-tune scientific writing proficiency. In this course, students will read and critique a variety of books, essays, and articles about science and medicine, and complete numerous writing assignments and participate in peer review.

HB 706. Energetics: Scientific Foundations of Obesity and Other Health Aspects. 3 Hours.

The aim of this course is to acquaint individuals doing scholarly work related to obesity with the fundamental principles of energetics and their applications, and to use those in assessing the causes and treatment of obesity. The first part of the course will go over fundamental knowledge in this area, which will be covered by a midterm examination, and the second part of the course will go over research applications, which will be incorporated into the final term paper. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 707. Nutrition of Mothers and Children. 4 Hours.

This course will cover concepts in MCH nutrition at three levels (biology, epidemiology and prevention/policies/practice)specific to 4 core topics over-nutrition/obesity; under-nutrition; infant and toddler nutrition; and pregnancy/fetal nutrition. Half of each class session will be devoted to interactive discussion.

HB 714. Survey Research Methods. 3 Hours.

This course will provide students with a theoretical and practical overview of survey research methodology. Topics to be covered include questionnaire and interview design; tailoring instruments for specific settings, populations and methods of administration; maximizing reliability of measurement; construction of scales and indices; sampling theory and methods, assessing sampling bias, and maximizing response rates. NOTE: Must have doctoral standing or permission of instructor.

HB 720. Neighborhood Influences on HB. 3 Hours.

To expose students to classical and current theories of neighborhoods and their affects on development and behavior in such a way that they will develop an apprreciation for the importance of neighborhood context and it's impact on development and behavior and the ability to critically evaluate studies of neighborhoods and neighborhood context, and the conceptuall tools to be able to incorporate neighborhood (and other) contextual effects into their own research.

HB 724. Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory. 3 Hours.

This course focuses on a thorough examination of theories and models of behavior change and their applications in both research and implementation in various fields of health promotion and public health. Basic knowledge of research methodology and statistics is required. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 730. Health Communication Research. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to investigate the role of communication theories and methods in promoting public health and preventing disease. Both theoretical background in communication and behavioral science and practical communication/intervention development methods will be addressed.
Prerequisites: HB 750 [Min Grade: C]

HB 736. Advanced Research Intervention Design. 3 Hours.

This course is intended to provide doctoral students with expert knowledge and application skills for designing a range of public health interventions to change behavioral outcomes in various populations. Emphasis will be placed on skill-building for designing relevant, state-of-the-art interventions tailored to unique population subgroups, and adapting existing evidence-based interventions for use with new populations or in new settings. Students will use two textbooks in this course that they will also us in Part 2 of this course (HB-737: Advanced Intervention Implementation and Evaluation). In addition, weekly readings of scientific articles will be assigned. This course uses lecture and seminar format; class time will be structured around lectures, in-class activities, and class discussions of both the lecture and reading materials. Students will complete writing assignments and develop a comprehensive research intervention development and implementation plan that they will later build on and evaluate in HB-737. This course is required for PhD students in Health Behavior.
Prerequisites: HB 724 [Min Grade: C]

HB 737. Advanced Intervention Implementation and Evaluation. 3 Hours.

This course is the second in a series of courses intended to teach doctoral students how to develop, implement, and evaluate theory-based, consumer-driven behavioral interventions. Students will learn how to assess whether interventions worked, build evidence for effective interventions, and adapt, implement, and disseminate interventions. Assignments will include developing a comprehensive evaluation plan for a mock grant application and describing how to adapt an existing evidence-based intervention to a particular content area, outcome target, setting, or population; students will be expected to present their work in class.
Prerequisites: HB 736 [Min Grade: C]

HB 740. Advanced Health Program Evaluation Seminar. 3 Hours.

Advanced review of evaluation theories, approaches, and methods for assessing the plans, implementation, and effectiveness of health promotion programs. Course will be graded by letter. Prerequisite: HB 643 or other master's level evaluation course and a graduate level multiple regression or multivariate statistics course. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: HB 643 [Min Grade: C]

HB 741. Advanced Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course provides an in-depth treatment of the major research designs used in the behavioral sciences. Emphasis is given to the randomized controlled trial as it forms the cornerstone of causal inference in scientific inquiry; however, other designs intended to approximate a randomized trial will be reviewed. The course will also examine methods of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data. Other topics include evaluating published research that used the methods review in this course, writing research proposals and reports, and ethical considerations. Students must have taken HB 641: Research Methods in Behavioral Sciences or its equivalent as a prerequisite.
Prerequisites: HB 641 [Min Grade: C]

HB 742. Mediation and Moderation in Behavioral Science Research. 3 Hours.

This course is an elective course for doctoral students in public health and related fields, designed to provide an exposure to statistical mediation and moderation. Mediation and moderation are central in social and behavioral science research. Mediation explains and tests the underlying mechanisms by which the predictor variable affects the outcome variable, while moderation specifies under what conditions the predictor affects the outcome. Statistical techniques investigating mediation and moderation are among the most widely used data analysis techniques in a variety of disciplines. The primary goal of this course is to provide students with theoretical concepts of mediation and moderation and hands-on experience with relevant analytical techniques. Prerequisite: Students should have taken courses on multiple regression such as BST 611, BST or other equivalent courses. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 750. Advanced Theoretical and Scientific Basis of Health Education and Promotion. 3 Hours.

Provides doctoral students with in-depth examination of history and philosophy of health education; reviews professional competencies and outlines major theories of behavior change. Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 760. Planning and Administration of Health Education and Promotion Programs. 3 Hours.

The purpose of this course is to teach and practice the three basic phases of comprehensive health education and promotion programs (planning, implementation and evaluation). Course will be graded by letter.
Prerequisites: HB 750 [Min Grade: C] and HB 724 [Min Grade: C]

HB 770. Doctoral Studies Seminar. 1-3 Hour.

The broad intent of the course is to review current issues relevant to the field of Health Promotion/Health Education, critically examine the relationship between scholarship, research, ethics and funding and reflect and discuss theoretical aspects of Health Promotion/Helath Education.

HB 771. Seminar in Health Education/Health Promotion Session I. 1 Hour.

The purpose of this course is to teach and practice the three basic phases of comprehensive health education and promotion programs (planning, implementation and evaluation). Course will be graded by letter. 3 hours.

HB 772. Seminar in Health Education/Health Promotion Session II. 1 Hour.

This course is the second in a series of three 1-hour Doctoral Seminar classes. This seminar series is designed to meet the specific needs of graduate students by better preparing them for successful completion of their respective degrees as well as their future as health education professionals. Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisite HB 771.
Prerequisites: HB 771 [Min Grade: C]

HB 773. Seminar in Health Education/Health Promotion Session III. 1 Hour.

This course is the third of a series of three 1-hour Doctoral Seminar classes. This seminar series is designed to meet the specific needs of graduate students by better preparing them for successful completion of their respective degrees as well as their future as health education professionals. Course will be graded by letter. Pre-requisites HB 771 & 772. 1 hour.
Prerequisites: HB 771 [Min Grade: C] and HB 772 [Min Grade: C]

HB 798. Doctoral-Level Directed Res. 1-9 Hour.

Independent study with guidance of senior public health faculty. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. 1 - 9 hours.

HB 799. Doctoral Dissertation Research. 1-9 Hour.

Research for dissertation under direction of dissertation committee. Course will be graded as Pass/No Pass. Prerequisite: Students must be admitted to candidacy in order to register for this class.1 - 9 hours.
Prerequisites: GAC Z

Faculty

Davies, Susan, Professor, 1997, Ph.D. , Family interventions to promote youth health, HIV prevention in economically disadvantaged communities, Adolescent pregnancy and childbearing
Fontaine, Kevin, Professor and Chair, 2012, Ph.D. (Victoria University, UK), Obesity, non-descriptive placebo responses, resistance exercise, mirror visual feedback for pain, movement restrictions in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and the effects of carbohydrate restricted diets on systemic inflammation
Hendricks, Peter, Associate Professor, 2010, Ph.D. (South Florida), Tobacco use initiation, maintenance, and relapse, with a goal of developing novel and potentially more efficacious interventions for intractable smoking behavior
Lanzi, Robin Gaines, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Student Success, 2009, M.P.H., Ph.D. (UAB), Adolescent parenting, child maltreatment, maternal depression, early intervention programs, developmental outcomes, research methods, ethical issues, and social policy
Pavela, Gregory, Assistant Professor, 2015, Ph.D. (Florida), Environmental determinants of health and obesity and the importance of early life conditions to later health. Specially, to 1) determine when and how environmental exposures “get under the skin” to affect human adiposity; 2) improve causal inferences about the effects of social status on adiposity; and 3) describe the reciprocal relationship between human physiology
Pekmezi, Dori, Associate Professor, 2009, Ph.D. (Louisiana State), Chronic disease prevention and health communication