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As much as we hate to admit it, what we do affects our health. When we wear a bicycle helmet when riding a bike, exercise regularly or take a break from work to reduce stress, we are making choices that help prevent injury or disease and help keep us healthy.

Since making consistently healthy choices can be a challenge, (yes, I admit that chocolate gets the best of me and often), some public health experts focus on understanding our behaviors and how to effectively encourage us to make healthy choices. Training in behavioral sciences or health education/promotion can help public health professionals help others help themselves!

An example of a master’s training program

University of Texas School of Public Health

Association of Schools of Public HealthProgram Database

What is Behavioral Science/Health Education?