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Health Behavior Change in Populations

The single greatest way to improve health and quality of life is not by developing new medical approaches, but by addressing harmful personal behaviors. These behaviors-which include tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, diet, and physical activity-play a significant role in the risk for and development, treatment, and management of the most common causes of disease, disability, and death in the modern world. Health Behavior Change in Populations is designed to teach students and practitioners strategic principles for creating positive behavioral change on a population level. With an emphasis on the application of theory and research to practice, this textbook presents current and future public health professionals with a range of methods geared towards helping people make healthy choices, from informing the individual to modifying the surroundings and circumstances that drive decision-making. Written and edited by experts in the health professions, the book is arranged into three sections: State of the Field, State of the Science, and Cross-Cutting Issues. The chapters within these sections include learning objectives with boldfaced keywords and a glossary of terms. Each chapter addresses* The magnitude of the public health burden* Key determinants and conceptual framework for behaviors and behavior change, including individual, familial, interpersonal, community, sociocultural, structural, and political perspectives* Current evidence-based interventions and best practices* Roles for key stakeholders, including health plans, employers/workplace, health departments/agencies, sectors such as recreational and agricultural, policymakers, community groups/advocates, clinics/clinicians, researchers, and funding institutions * Considerations for implementation, evaluation, and translation
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An outstanding book that outlines key determinants and conceptual frameworks for behaviors and behavior change, Health Behavior Change in Populations represents a major contribution to the field. Required reading for any course on health behavior change. -- Donald E. Morisky, ScD, MSPH, ScM, UCLA School of Public Health

About the Author

Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, is director of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance at George Washington University and the National Center for Weight and Wellness. He is an instructor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a clinical professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Andrea C. Gielen, ScD, ScM, is a professor of health, behavior, and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Peter J. Fagan, PhD, is an associate professor of medical psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Lawrence W. Green, DrPH, is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, and a faculty associate of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education and the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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