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Tools for Transformation Funded Proposals

Enhancement of Health Behavior and Health Promotion Concentration

Public Health and Community Medicine, Department of Health Services

To Enhance the Health Behavior and Health Promotion Concentration
in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Master of Public Health Degree Program

Eleven of thirteen students entering the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program in Autumn 2000 selected the Health Behavior Concentration and we have offered the same number of slots for the incoming class in Autumn 2001. This interest in the Health Behavior and Health Promotion concentration has occurred despite the absence of financial support for student scholarships and demonstrates a high demand for this kind of training in the Pacific Northwest Region.

A major thrust for this proposal is to seek assistance in realizing a plan for Social and Behavior Sciences to secure a base for continuing these activities, including financial support for students. Funding is essential for development of new courses, for attracting community health practitioners to the teaching and practice activities, and for instructional support fot the concentration. This request is made in order to (1) integrate clinical faculty who are health promotion practitioners into the in-residence program; (2) plan two courses for delivery in the in-residence Social and Behavioral Program concentration; (3) develop a new seminar series devoted to Health Behavior topics; and (4) recruit new students into the concentration.

Contact: Professor Donald Patrick
Director of Social and Behavior Sciences
Allocation: $55,235
Date Funded: June 2001

Two courses were developed and introduced by program faculty in Autumn 2001 and Winter 2002. In addition, several new clinical faculty were introduced and added to the list of SBS faculty as part of this redesigned Health Behavior and Health Promotion concentration.

The addition of this redesigned concentration has continued to be popular with students in the program with the majority of students having declared an interest in pursuing careers related to health behavior and health promotion. The program is expecting more students to enroll in this concentration in subsequent years.

To supplement the funds awarded by Tools, the SBS Program and the Center for Health Education and Research are actively campaigning for additional funds from local area companies which have workplace health promotion programs.

Tools for Transformation Funded Proposals