The goal of the Program on Epidemiologic Approaches to Behavior Change is to apply epidemiologic and biostatistical methodology to determine the distribution of health behaviors in the population and to quantify the contribution of health behaviors to the burden of chronic and infectious diseases. Examples of the types of research activities that group members carry out are as follows:
- Quantify the distribution of health behaviors in the population in order to identify targets for intervention
- Use representative population databases to generate estimates of the burden of chronic and infectious diseases attributable to health behaviors
- Apply innovative computational techniques (e.g., agent-based modeling) to model the proposed impact of behavior changes on healthcare utilization, costs and the burden of chronic disease
- Adapt and translate behavioral change strategies with demonstrated effectiveness to the community and population level
In order to achieve these goals, the program maintains active collaborations across multiple programs within the IPHAM Center for Behavior and Health and throughout the medical school and university. We hold regular meetings to discuss ongoing research and to identify opportunities to advance our mission.
Program Lead: Mercedes Carnethon, PhD