Health behaviors play a major role in the leading causes of death in the United States and it is estimated that almost half of the deaths in the United States each year are attributable to changeable, and therefore preventable, behaviors. Four health risk behaviors in particular—lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, and excessive alcohol consumption—are responsible for much of the morbidity and mortality in the United States today. Our faculty research is focused on these four critical health behaviors and has a strong collaborative working relationship with the Cancer Prevention & Control Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Department combines health education with the social and behavioral sciences to inform public health policy and programming to ultimately improve the health of individuals and communities.
The curriculum is designed to prepare the MPH Student to participate in the formulation of policy; assess and define health and educational needs of target populations through diagnostic and consultation skills; develop and successfully implement theory based health programs; design and conduct program evaluations; and design and conduct research. Students are prepared with skills to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion and intervention programs in settings that range from hospitals to industries, schools and communities. The doctoral programs are based on the scientist-practitioner model, and provide balanced training in behavioral science and health education research and practice. While both the DrPH and PhD programs have a series of required courses, each curriculum has flexibility to customize particular research and/or practice skills that are determined in close consultation with the academic advisor.
Welcome to the Department of Health Education & Behavioral Sciences. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I want to communicate our commitment to providing our students with an outstanding education and experience that will serve as a critical foundation upon which to build a public health career.