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Public Health as Social Science


Oldenburg, B and Crocker, F and Schuz, B, Public Health as Social Science, International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Elsevier, JD Wright (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 545-551. ISBN 978-0080970868 (2015) [Other Book Chapter]


Behavioral and social science research and theories are relevant to promoting health and preventing disease in the population. This article discusses the major health challenges confronting developed and developing countries, the contribution of social and behavioral factors to current global health challenges, and current approaches to addressing health problems. Finally, it considers the importance of using social and behavioral theories and models to providing a comprehensive understanding of all the determinants and influences relevant to a particular health issue, and informing the development of efficacious, practitioner-delivered lifestyle–change interventions to address these issues at a public health and societal level.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Public Health; Health Psychology; Social Science
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Clinical and health psychology
Research Field:Health psychology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Behaviour and health
UTAS Author:Schuz, B (Dr Benjamin Schuez)
ID Code:103556
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2015-10-15
Last Modified:2016-03-21

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