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Health Promotion Sciences

Health Promotion Sciences: Promoting the health and well being for all

Health Promotion Sciences engages the community to translate science into practice to inspire and change the world.  The mission of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences is to collaborate with communities in the southwestern United States in developing innovative responses to health challenges, and translating best practices globally.

The Department of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS) academic areas are concentrated in the Family and Child Health section and the Health Behavior and Health Promotion section. The department supports the instruction, research and service mission of the College by providing excellent classroom, research and community training opportunities to students.

Why Study at The University of Arizona?


The Health Promotion Sciences department has a diverse group of faculty members who engage in teaching, service and research in the many different areas of health promotion and disease prevention. View our primary faculty directory.

Educational Programs

Certificate Programs


Faculty research areas of focus in HPS range from laboratory science to health promotion and prevention.  Current areas of focus include:

  • Nutrition, physical activity and disease prevention 
  • Tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse
  • Women's health, children's health and elder health
  • Violence against women
  • Minority health 
  • Global health
  • Cancer, HIV/AIDS and other disease prevention
  • Health education and prevention science
  • Program evaluation and quality of care improvement
  • Patient empowerment, chronic disease self-management, and quality of life assessment.
Learn more about current research at MEZCOPH.

Community Engagement

Faculty and students engage with communities in a broad range of activities, such as health education lectures, public health fairs, border health collaborations, service learning opportunities, community outreach programs, and public health surveillance.  To learn more about areas of community engagement, check out our Outreach page.  To see how students are working with communities, check out our Student Organizations

Contact Us

Prospective students are encouraged to contact us if they have any questions.


If you have a question about admission to any of the programs offered by the department, please contact our Director of Admissions at or by phone at 520.626.3201.


If you wish to contact the Department of Health Promotion Sciences directly, please email Terri Mahaffey, or call 520.626.6317.

College of Public Health Students


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