About Health Behavior & Health Education

The mission of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education is to promote health and prevent and manage disease within populations.  Our programs examine the social and behavioral factors associated with health status and behavior and how to develop interventions that promote health, prevent disease, and manage chronic illness.  Our faculty provides students with a broad range of courses, including those which emphasize individual, family, social network, community, and policy approaches to health behavior and health education.  Our courses integrate theory, research, and practice through the use of case studies, small group discussions, community-based fieldwork, and computer technology.  Our research uses multiple design approaches and methods and community involvement to explore basic research questions, evaluate interventions, and apply findings to program development.

Our History

Our legacy began with the work of Mabel Rugen, one of the founding faculty members of the School of Public Health in 1941.  The Department of Health Behavior and Health Education was established in 1975.    

You can learn more about the history of our program and the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students on our Department History page.

Degree Programs

HBHE offers four degree programs:

Our multidisciplinary curriculum focuses on a breadth of areas, including:

  • Health Behavior over the Life Course
  • Health Equity
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Population Health
  • Health Communication
  • Community, Networks, and Ecological Practice
  • Research Methods

HBHE At A Glance:

  • 42 faculty members
  • 54 courses
  • 8 research centers

Contact Information

HBHE Faculty and Staff Directory

E-mail: sph.hbhe.inquiries@umich.edu

Phone: 734-764-9494


Department of Health Behavior & Health Education
School of Public Health
University of Michigan
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029