The Department of Health Promotion and Policy supports research and offers academic programs in Community Health Education and Health Policy and Management, both applied practical fields directly engaged in improving the health of populations. Where Community Health Education works hands-on with people in communities to change social conditions, Health Policy and Management aims to strengthen health care systems through policy changes and economic incentives. CHE and HPM are grounded in the social sciences and share an essential ecological perspective on the social determinants of health, addressing the effects of individual, inter-personal, organizational, community, and public policy factors on the health of the population as a whole.
Community Health Education draws on social theory in designing and implementing programs to empower communities and to maximize self-determination, using methods that include community organizing, advocacy, capacity building, social media and mass communications.
Health Policy and Management specializes in administration, economics, finance, law, policy, and regulation.