Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2015)
Special Issue Editors
Guest Editor Prof. Dr. Tetsuji Yamada
Professor of Health Economics, chairperson, Rutgers University, #330 Armitage Hall, 311 North 5th Street, Camden, NJ 08102, USA
Website: http://economics.camden.rutgers.edu/faculty/tetsuji-yamada/ Phone: 1-212-808-5375 Interests: health economics; economics of health behavior; public health and health promotion; economics of social welfare and public policy; health education
Co-Guest Editor Dr. Chia-Ching Chen
Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Health Sciences & Practice, Room #223, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY 10595, USA
Website: http://www.nymc.edu/People/Chia-Ching.Chen/index.html Interests: accessibility; disparities; psychosocial determinants associated with individual level outcomes
Special Issue Information
Health behavior change has become a central objective of public health and public health policy past years. During the past years, there has been a significant increase in public, private, and professional support in the public health field in preventing illness and maintaining good health by changing individuals’ lifestyle through behavioral changes. Another issues are accessibilities of healthcare services and an increase in health disparities. Along with this line, health literacy is another issue. Improvement of health and such support come from behavioral scientists, health educators, health promoters, health communicators, and governments. The influence of prevention within the health services has increased. It is important to underscore the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems.
A decrease risk of morbidity and mortality basically depends on individual health behaviors, such as health literacy, behavioral decisions, equal access to healthcare. Understanding an influence on health behaviors and health risk factors is essential and associated with behavioral change which would be considered protective and health enhancing. Thus, Disease prevention, deterrence and early detection contribute to a healthy population, curbing a rapid increase in healthcare costs, and improving quality of life. In addition, issues on accessibility of health care and health disparities have become recent imperative concerns.
Assessment, interventions and evaluation of health and health behaviors are key elements to improve public health. Both public and private sectors provide preventive as well as treatment interventions. The augmented influence of prevention and maintenance of health and health policy would be coincided with increased multi-lateral levels with micro and macro aspects and cost-benefit/effectiveness analyses for allocation of resources is vital.
"Health Behavior and Public Health" explores research on health education, health communication, health behavioral changes, and public health policies, evaluates them with multilevel aspects, and exchanges knowledge in public health in interdisciplinary and international arenas.
Prof. Dr. Tetsuji Yamada Guest Editor
Dr. ChiaChing Chen Co-Guest Editor
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