Health promotion and socio-behavioural health involves investigating the how the actions of individuals, groups, organizations and communities promote health, prevent disease and foster informed decision-making on health risks.
Our history is strongly rooted in health promotion and the socio-behavioural aspects of health. The former Centre for Health Promotion Studies was one of three core groups that came together to form the School of Public Health in 2006, establishing the School as a research leader in this area.
Faculty interests include prevention of a variety of chronic diseases including obesity, cancer, addictions and other mental health conditions. Researchers also investigate dynamics of community responses to health threats, and the social and political dimensions of health systems and services, including those that are unique to specific populations.
Methodologically, we are committed to a balanced perspective that includes descriptive qualitative work, participatory approaches, as well as population surveys and randomized efficacy and effectiveness trials.