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Health Behavior Science

College of Health Sciences

Behavioral Health and Nutrition

 

The Key to 21st Century Health

Health Behavior Science is the study of how individual (e.g., race, age, disability, knowledge), social (e.g., peer-groups), and environmental (e.g., access to parks, worksite wellness programs) factors shape our health and well-being across the lifespan. We work to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce the burden of disease through the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion programs to change specific health behaviors for individuals and/or target populations. Students are also required to complete a minor in an approved area of expertise or complete the Health and Disability concentration to provide additional focused skills that enhance their job competitiveness. Students pursuing this major are well prepared for careers in health promotion and education, community health, worksite wellness, health coaching, personal training, and advanced graduate programs including health promotion/public health, physical/occupational therapy, physician assistant, and accelerated nursing programs. The program culminates with an internship experience that enhances the school to work transition.

 

Areas of study

  • Health behavior theory
  • Behavioral assessment
  • Behavior change strategies and tactics
  • Epidemiology
  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Bio-psycho-social determinants of health


Career options
 

  • Health promotion and education
  • Community health, worksite wellness
  • Health coaching and personal training
  • Health promotion/public health
  • Social work
  • Clinical psychology
  • Physical/occupational therapy
  • Physician assistant
  • Accelerated nursing

What’s special about this program?

 

Health Behavior Science is especially suited for students with interests in the social, psychological, and behavioral sciences as applied to health and well-being. It is well-suited for any student interested in working with individuals and communities to facilitate improved health and prevent disease. The required minor or concentration and internship provide students with the freedom to tailor their program of study to their own interests and career goals. Students often use Health Behavior Science as a foundation for medical school, occupational therapy or physical therapy.

Get involved
 

Health Behavior Science Club

Nutrition & Dietetics Club

 

Sample curriculum

BHAN155  

 

Personal Health Management
BHAN160

Health Behavior Science Seminar

 

ENGL110

Seminar in Composition 

 

KAAP220

 

Anatomy and Physiology

MATH114

 

College Mathematics & Statistics

NTDT200  

 

Nutrition Concepts

 

SOCIXXX

 

Sociology Elective
UNIV101

First Year Experience

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Multicultural Course

 

BHAN263

 

Health Behavior Science Practicum

BHAN311

Issues in Health Behavior Science

 

BHAN435

Physical Activity Behavior

 

KAAP 221 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology II

 

PSYC100

 

General Psychology

 

STAT 200 Basic Statistical Practices 
 

 

Minor Courses

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

BHAN326

Research Methods & Statistics for Behavioral Science

 

BHAN332

Health Behavior Theory & Models

 

BHAN334

Health Behavior Assessment

 

BHAN335

Health and Aging OR

 

BHAN342

Intro to Adapted Physical Activity

 

HLPR222

Introduction to Epidemiology

 

NTDT310

Nutrition and Activity

 

 

Minor Courses

 

  University Breadth Courses
BHAN464

Health Behavior Science Internship

BHAN490

Development of Health Promotion Programs

 

HLPR430

Behavior Change Strategies & Tactics

 

 

Minor Courses

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  Elective Courses

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