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    Why It's Important to Study Health Behavior in the Context of the "New" Public Health

    Posted by Sophie Teague on Mar 26, 2018 3:39:20 PM

    An Excerpt from the Foreword for
    Health Behavior Theory for Public Health, 2nd Edition

    by John S. Santelli, MD, MPH

    Theory is essential in understanding health behaviors and is critical in guiding health research. Theory helps us organize and understand information; it focuses attention on key issues; and it helps us select constructs for questionnaires.  Theory is fundamental in designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions and in constructing policies to improve health and prevent disease. Thus, theory is essential to the work of public health. 

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    Topics: Health Behavior

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