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Research Theory And Models In Public Health


After reviewing this week's lesson, describe a public health theory (ex. communication theory) or model (ex. health belief model) that you will use in your development of your research question.  State whether it is a theory or model and the distinction between the two. You may choose a theory or model from the text (see Appendix) or use outside sources (must be scholarly).


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Theories and Models in Public Health: Health Belief Model

Health Belief Model (HBM) is a psychological model that is used in trying to explain and predict the health behaviors that an individual is likely to engage in (Corcoran, 2007).The model was developed to predict behaviors that protect persons against illnesses. A focus on the attitudes and behavior of individuals is a way through which this model is implemented (Montanaro & Bryan, 2014). The model was developed in the year 1950 by psychologists Hochbaum, Rosenstock, and Kegels, as a result of a failed free tuberculosis health screening program. The department of public health was curious about the public acceptance or rejection of illness screening programs. The department further wanted to gauge the public’s reception of the immunization programs of polio and influenza (Hayden, 2014). The model has since been used to explore long and short-term health behaviors.


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