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Spotlight on Education and Training in Behavioral Medicine

The Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health (COPH) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) provides research training in behavioral medicine and public health in a multidisciplinary academic health sciences center. The College's well-regarded faculty and research programs are evidenced by current grant funding that exceeds $29 million. Funding agencies include the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arkansas Department of Health and the Komen Foundation.

Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the mission of the College is to improve health and promote well-being of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service The College offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Health, and a Master of Public Health with specialty tracks in the five core public health sciences (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Behavior/Health Education, Health Policy/Management, and Occupational & Environmental Health) as well as a Master of Science in Occupational and Environmental Health. The College also has three doctoral programs: a DrPH in Public Health Leadership, a PhD in Health Systems Research, and a PhD in Health Promotion and Prevention Research (HPPR).

Based in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, the HPPR PhD program provides training in research addressing biological, behavioral and cultural aspects of health and chronic illness. Extensive mentored research experience emphasizes the application of social ecological perspectives to understand and influence public health issues commonly encountered among rural, medically underserved and multicultural populations. Methodological training includes behavioral analysis for population applications, qualitative and quantitative research methods, community-based approaches, and translational research.

The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education (HBHE) offers broad expertise in the behavioral sciences with 12 primary faculty and over 20 affiliated faculty. HBHE faculty are leaders in the COPH Center for the Study of Obesity, the COPH Center for the Study of Tobacco Use, and the Arkansas Exploratory Center for Minority Health Disparities. Research conducted by faculty affiliated with these centers addresses public health issues commonly encountered in Arkansas and throughout southern and predominantly rural states. Collaboration with the public health infrastructure, the school system and other agencies offers a wealth of opportunity for the development of programmatic research experience and skills.

For more information about the PhD program in Health Promotion and Prevention Research, contact: Dr. Paul Greene, Health Behavior & Health Education, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, UAMS, 4301 W. Markham, #820, Little Rock, AR 72205, or email pggreene@uams.edu. For information regarding other COPH educational programs, contact Dr. Katharine E. Stewart at the same mailing address or email kestewart@uams.edu.