Health Behavior

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

Overview

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 in conducting research, writing grant applications, analyzing data, and presenting, publishing, and translating findings. Our research covers obesity prevention including lifestyle interventions, family and child/adolescent health issues, health disparities, homelessness, 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

  • Master of Public Health (MPH) concentration in Health Behavior (Including the Fast Track Program, Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM) and Online Degree Program)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Education & Health Promotion


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Admissions Information

Master Program Deadline: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
PhD Program Deadline: www.soph.uab.edu/apply
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, MS, MBA (jebrown@uab.edu, phone: 205-975-8075)
UAB has many online degree programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. UAB is working to develop a publicly accessible database to provide this information online. In the meantime, if you are interested in learning about potential professional licensure requirements in your state for a specific degree program, please contact the UAB State Authorization Coordinator at uabstateauth@uab.edu or by calling (205) 934-7217.

Master of Public Health with a Concentration in Health Behavior

Including the Fast-Track and Accelerated Bachelors/Masters (ABM), and  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 15 hours of health behavior track courses, a 3 hour internship,  9 hours of electives, and the integrative learning experience.

RequirementsHours
MPH Core Requirements: (14 hours)
PUH 601This is Public Health1
PUH 602Community Assessment3
PUH 603Quantitative Methods in Public Health3
PUH 604Programs and Policies3
PUH 605Public Health Management and Evaluation3
PUH 606Leadership for Evidence-Based Public Health1
Concentration Requirements: (15 hours)
HB 600Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health3
HB 624Advanced Social and Behavioral Science Theory3
HB 636Developing Interventions to Promote Public Health3
HB 641Research Methods in Behavioral Science3
HB 643Health Program Evaluation3
Applied Practice Experience: (3 hours)
HB 697Internship3
Approved Electives: (9 hours)
Select 9 hours of 600-level or higher (HB) courses.9
Integrative Learning Experience: (3 hours)
PUH 695Environment and Health: The MPH Capstone3
Total Credit Hours:44

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 72 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 students in an MSPH, MS, DrPH, or PhD program are required to complete PUH 600: Overview of Public Health. The course must be completed in a single semester (Fall or Spring); students must complete the course by the end of their second semester in the program. Students with prior public health education (BS in Public Health or MPH) or extensive public health experience (5+ years in public health practice) may be waived from this requirement by permission of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, but this is rare.

RequirementsHours
Department Requirement (21 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
PUH 690: Public Health Grant Writing3
Joint Courses (3 hours): 2
HB 771Seminar in Health Education/Health Promotion Session I1
HB 772Seminar in Health Education/Health Promotion Session II1
HB 773Seminar in Health Education/Health Promotion Session III1
Health Education / Health Promotions Electives Courses: (12 hours)
EPI 610Principles of Epidemiologic Research3
BST 611Intermediate Statistical Analysis I3
BST 612Intermediate Statistical Analysis II3
Qualitative or Mixed Methods Research3
Health Education / Health Promotions Electives: (12 hours)12
Health Education / Health Promotions Directed Research: (Minimum 12 hours)
HB 798Doctoral-Level Directed Res1-9
Health Education / Health Promotions Dissertation Research: (Minimum 12 hours) 3
HB 799Doctoral Dissertation Research1-9
Minimum Credit Hours:72

Courses

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

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.

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 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. Eating Disorders and Public Health Promotion. 3 Hours.

This course will examine the obesity epidemic, eating disorders, and prevention and treatment approaches at multiple levels (individual, social, environmental, and policy). Links between obesity and eating disorders will also be explored.

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 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 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 612. Examining Health Inequities in Social and Behavioral Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of race/ethnic health disparities/health inequities in the U.S. Both historical context and more current perspectives of identified determinants of health will be discussed as contributors to current health inequities.

HB 613. Health Promotion Practices and Disability. 3 Hours.

This course will examine the population of people living with a disability and health promotion approaches at multiple levels (individual, social, environmental, and policy). One in five people in the U.S. has a disability and the vast majority of people will be affected by disability, whether personally or through a loved one, during their lifetime. Advancements have been offered by the medical model of disability towards disability prevention; however, the addition of functional and social models of disability provide a more complete view of how to enhance the lives of millions of Americans and reduce economic burden.

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 615. Homelessness, Housing and Health. 3 Hours.

The course will begin with a discussion of the concept of homelessness and housing instability and their impact on health. We will discuss how homelessness is defined and enumerated, pathways into homelessness, and multi-level interventions to prevent and end homelessness. We will also explore a series of special topics focusing on populations that may be particularly vulnerable to homelessness as well as the intersection between homelessness and experience of particular health conditions and outcomes.

HB 616. Psychophysiology and Public Health: The Interface of the Mind/Body Connection. 3 Hours.

Psychophysiology is a branch of neuroscience that analyses the interfaces of mental states and physiological responses, and how they interact to affect one another and subsequently drive behaviors. This course introduces students to basic knowledge about neuroanatomy, learning/cognition, neurological processes, memory, human development, brain disorders, response patterns, and behavior change strategies as they relate to public health issues such as sexual behavior, drug addiction, cigarette smoking/vaping, and obesity. The course will also introduce principles of stress management and neurofeedback techniques. A biopsychosocial framework will be applied to a range of public health domains, using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to inform context and priorities for interventions.
Prerequisites: HB 624 or HB 624Q

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 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.

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 intended to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the range and diversity of intervention approaches to behavior change and their application in public health. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills for designing interventions: a) in various public health settings, b) for specific population subgroups, c) based on determinants identified to be most influential and amenable to intervention, and d) within the confines of available resources.
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 639. 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.

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.

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.
Prerequisites: HB 641 [Min Grade: C] or HB 641Q [Min Grade: C]

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.

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.

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

Seminar covering a variety of health behavior topics.

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 PUH 601 [Min Grade: C]) and (ENH 600Q [Min Grade: C] or ENH 600 [Min Grade: C] or PUH 602 [Min Grade: C]) and (EPI 600 [Min Grade: C] or EPI 600Q [Min Grade: C] or PUH 603 [Min Grade: C]) and (HB 600 [Min Grade: C] or HB 600Q [Min Grade: C] or PUH 604 [Min Grade: C]) and (HCO 600 [Min Grade: C] or (PUH 605 [Min Grade: C] and PUH 606 [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 712. Examining Health Inequities in Social and Behavioral Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of race/ethnic health disparities/health inequities in the U.S. Both historical context and more current perspectives of identified determinants of health will be discussed as contributors to current health inequities.

HB 715. Examining Health Inequities in Social and Behavioral Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of race/ethnic health disparities/health inequities in the U.S. Both historical context and more current perspectives of identified determinants of health will be discussed as contributors to current health inequities.
Prerequisites: HB 641 [Min Grade: C] and HB 643 [Min Grade: C]

HB 716. Psychophysiology and Public Health: The Interface of the Mind/Body Connection. 3 Hours.

Psychophysiology is a branch of neuroscience that analyses the interfaces of mental states and physiological responses, and how they interact to affect one another and subsequently drive behaviors. This course introduces students to basic knowledge about neuroanatomy, learning/cognition, neurological processes, memory, human development, brain disorders, response patterns, and behavior change strategies as they relate to public health issues such as sexual behavior, drug addiction, cigarette smoking/vaping, and obesity. The course will also introduce principles of stress management and neurofeedback techniques. A biopsychosocial framework will be applied to a range of public health domains, using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to inform context and priorities for interventions.
Prerequisites: HB 624 or HB 624Q

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 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 795. Seminar on Selected Health Behavior Topics. 1-3 Hour.

This course will be used as faculty design and craft course topics based on specific interests. These courses will be taught on a doctoral level.

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

Allen, Shauntice, Assistant Professor, 2011, Ph.D. (UAB), Community resiliency and livability as well as environmental justice and health equity strategies
Davies, Susan, Professor, 1997, Ph.D. (UAB), Family interventions to promote youth health, HIV prevention in economically disadvantaged communities, Adolescent pregnancy and childbearing
Fletcher, Faith, Assistant Professor, 2017, Ph.D. (South Carolina, Columbia), Develop and implement community- and clinic-based social and behavioral research to reduce HIV-related disparities among African American women
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
Kaiser, Kathryn, Assistant Professor, 2012, Ph.D. (North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth), Gender and racial differences in behavioral and neuroendocrine risk factors for weight gain, as well as resistance to weight loss.
Lanzi, Robin Gaines, Professor , 2009, M.P.H., Ph.D. (UAB), Reducing family and child health disparities, mental health promotion, positive youth development, HIV/STI prevention and care, Community Engaged Research, and Implementation Science
Montgomery, Ann E., Assistant Professor, 2016, Ph.D. (UAB), Homelessness prevention, interventions to end homelessness among high-need Veterans, and the demography, epidemiology, and services utilization of Veterans experiencing homelessness.
Pavela, Gregory, Assistant Professor, 2015, Ph.D. (Florida), Determine when and how environmental exposures “get under the skin” to affect human adiposity; Improve causal inferences about the effects of social status on adiposity; and Describe the reciprocal relationship between human physiology and the social environment
Pekmezi, Dori, Associate Professor, 2009, Ph.D. (Louisiana State), Underserved populations and involved designing, implementing, and evaluating home-based physical activity interventions, grounded in the Social Cognitive Theory and Transtheoretical Model, for low income African Americans and Latinas