Department of Health Behavior

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Health Behavior

Health Behavior students learn to develop behavior change programs utilizing theories and methods from the social and behavioral sciences. Students also learn state-of the-art techniques and methods for health program evaluation. Our students are encouraged to become involved with faculty research projects on health-related issues such as HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco and other substance use, poor dietary practices, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and intentional or unintentional injuries. Our research projects aim to improve the health and well-being of children, adolescents, the elderly, minorities and other populations.

HB News

Dhurandhar and team discover that eating or skipping breakfast has no impact on weight loss

In observational studies, breakfast is associated with lower body weight; therefore, public health authorities commonly recommend breakfast consumption to reduce obesity. The effectiveness of adopting these recommendations for reducing body weight is unknown, so Emily J. Dhurandhar, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, tested the relative effectiveness of a recommendation to eat or skip breakfast on weight loss in adults trying to lose weight in a free-living setting.

No evidence eating breakfast promotes weight-loss

Nutritionists regularly suggest you eat breakfast each morning for its health benefits, including weight-loss and maintenance. But new research led by UAB shows that — whether you regularly consume it or skip it altogether — weight-loss is not influenced.

Three professors awarded emeritus rank

Connie L. Kohler, Dr.P.H., was named professor emerita in the UAB Department of Health Behavior. Her research spanned several health fields,including asthma, tobacco-use cessation and diabetes.

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HB Upcoming Events

Summer Internship Poster Session
Friday, August 1, 2014 - 12:00pm
2014 ALUMNUS AWARD FOR SCIENTIFIC EXCELLENCE
Friday, September 5, 2014 - 11:00am
Thirteenth Annual Janet L. Norwood Award
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 9:30am
Open Houses FALL 2014
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 9:00am