Health Promotion and Socio-behavioural Health Sciences

What is health promotion and socio-behavioural health?

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.

What are we doing in the area of health promotion and socio-behavioural health?

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. 

What is the focus of our research?

Professor Candace Nykiforuk is a health geographer and health promotion researcher whose work focuses on the role of the built and social environments on health and well-being.

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Researcher Kim Raine investigates the social conditions that shape the health of people and communities, to promote intervening polices that address obesity and other chronic diseases.

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Kate Storey's research program evaluates the process, impact and outcomes of school- and community-based health promotion strategies, in collaboration with health, education and community partners.

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Professor Cameron Wild's research translates evidence-based interventions for substance misuse into clinical practise, community-based prevention, harm reduction and health system changes.

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