Handbook of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

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James M. Raczynski, Ralph J. DiClemente
Springer US, Sep 30, 1999 - Medical - 669 pages
The idea for this volume developed when we were co-teaching our introductory, mas ter's-level course in the Department of Health Behavior at the UAB School of Public Health, a core course for all masters of public health students in the school regardless of the department in which they enrolled or the focus of their studies. Hence, in the course we sought to provide both students in our department, as well as those who might not ever again take a health behavior course, with an overview that would both truly represent the field and substantially provide educational, research, and public health practice benefits. This was, and continues to be, a challenge with the diversity of students specializing in fields that include not only health behavior but also bio statistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health care organization and policy, international health, and maternal and child health. The course that we taught attempted to provide the students with an overview of some of the important health promotion and disease prevention theories, methods, and policy issues, while re viewing applications of these theories and methods to promoting health and pre venting disease through a variety of channels, for a variety of disease outcomes, and among a variety of populations. Since no one text provided this variety of readings, we depended on readings and guest lectures.

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James M Raczynski, PhD is affiliated with UAMS College of Public Health in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Ralph J. DiClemente is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health and associate director, Emory Center for AIDS Research. He holds concurrent appointments as professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology; and the Department of Psychiatry. He was most recently chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Dr. DiClemente was trained as a health psychologist at the University of California San Francisco where he received his PhD in 1984 after completing an MSPH in Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and his undergraduate degree at the City University of New York. Dr. DiClemente has published extensively in the area of HIV/STD prevention, particularly among adolescents and young adults. He has authored more than 200 articles, chapters and books.

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