Relevance of Health Behavior Research to Health Promotion and Health Education

  • Karen Glanz
  • Brian Oldenburg


Many professionals who work in health promotion and health education would agree that health behavior research is a core foundation for both research and practice. In fact, it has been suggested that “the central concern of health education is health behavior” (Glanz, Lewis, & Rimer, 1990, p. 9). If this is so, then the short answer to the question of whether health behavior research is relevant to health promotion and health education is simple: It is highly relevant, pervasive, and almost always woven into work in the field. This short answer, however, does not convey a complex story very well. Health promotion and health education are eclectic, rapidly evolving, and reflect a conglomeration of approaches, methods, and strategies from social and health sciences.


Health Promotion Health Behavior Health Education Social Cognitive Theory Professional Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Glanz
    • 1
  • Brian Oldenburg
    • 2
  1. 1.Cancer Research Center of HawaiiUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  2. 2.School of Public HealthQueensland University of TechnologyRed HillAustralia

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