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2021 Health Promotion Course Offerings

The Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health provides continuing education for public health practitioners and academics, as well as, current public health students. These courses will provide a mechanism to keep skills in the topic areas up-to-date.

Health Promotion Planning: An Intervention Mapping Approach 

This course is offered in January and May 2021. Details concerning dates and times below.

About the course: 

Intervention Mapping (IM) offers a step-by-step framework for developing theory-informed and evidence-based health promotion programs and interventions rooted in the behavioral and social sciences. Students will participate in creating an initial program plan for a topic of their interest by following a planning process that ranges from conducting an initial needs assessment, to developing the program, to crafting an evaluation plan.  The course format includes lectures, group discussions, and presentations of student projects. All students receive a copy of Bartholomew Eldrigde, L. K., Markham, C. M., Ruiter, R. A. C., Fernàndez, M. E., Kok, G., & Parcel, G. S. (2016). Planning health promotion programs: An Intervention Mapping approach (4th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 

Dates and time: January 4-8, 2021 and May 10-14, 2021 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. daily
Location: Online
Taught by:

   January 2021 Session:

  • Melissa Valerio, PhD, Associate professor and Campus Dean at UTHealth School of Public Health San Antonio Campus
  • Andrew Springer, PhD, Associate professor at UTHealth School of Public Health Austin Campus;

Course Agenda

   May 2021 Session:

  • Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, Professor and Director for the Center of Health Promotion & Prevention Research;
  • Christine Markham, PhD, Professor and Interim Department Chair for Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

    Course agenda

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2021 Dissemination and Implementation Research Training

Dissemination and implementation research seeks to bridge the gap between health sciences research, everyday practice and population health by building a knowledge base about how health information, interventions, and new clinical practices and policies are communicated and implemented in public health and health care settings. It is focused on understanding and accelerating the integration of research findings and research-based innovations into everyday practice settings in order to improve health. This workshop is appropriate for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty interested in implementation science.

Introduction to Implementation Science

Dates and time: August 23 – 26, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Location: Online
Taught by:

  • Maria E. Fernandez, PhD, Professor and Director for the Center of Health Promotion & Prevention Research;
  • Belinda F. Hernandez, PhD, Assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health San Antonio Campus

Cancellations, Substitutes, and Transfers

Requests to cancel registrations must be made in writing and faxed or emailed to the Continuing Education in Public Health program. Refunds will be issued for written requests as follows:

100%     Received at least three weeks before the course start date;

75%       Received between three weeks and one week before the course start date

No refund within the week prior to the course.

Registrants unable to attend a course may send one substitute to attend in their place at no additional charge or may transfer to a future date of the same course, if requested at least one week prior tot he start date of the class. No-shows will be responsible for the full tuition. 

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2021 Health Promotion Conferences and Workshops

The Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) and UTHealth School of Public Health Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research are hosting the second Texas Institute for Implementation Science Conference and Workshop. This conference is designed to explore the evolution, current state, and future research agenda in implementation science through a series of four seminars featuring lectures by leading experts in the field of implementation science and a facilitated, interactive panel discussion with lecturers. Attendees will learn about implementation science theory, implementation strategy development, selection and tailoring, study design, evaluation approaches, and real-world application of implementation science. This event will be held virtually and there is no cost to attend. More information and registration details will follow. To view lectures from last year visit the event webpage