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Health Promotion Sciences

To the HPS community:

As we are all aware, India is experiencing a tragic and devastating second wave of COVID-19 and causing a crisis that few countries have ever experienced. On May 13, there were over 343,288 new confirmed cases and over 3,999 deaths, but both of those numbers underestimate the true burden. The Indian health system is overwhelmed and many hospitals are overflowing with patients. Many patients are being turned away from the hospital and are unable to get the care they need. The problem is particularly severe in rural and slum communities, as access to health resources were already limited.

The Health Promotion Sciences Department expresses our profound sadness for the lives lost and the ongoing suffering of the people of India. As a department, we are initiating efforts to leverage our compassionate community and our public health expertise to find ways to be of assistance in the coming weeks. Please look for further communications, we invite you to share any ideas you might have. Here is an example of a community response in India:

Health Promotion Sciences: Promoting the health and well being for all

Health Promotion Sciences engages the community to translate science into practice to inspire and change the world.  The mission of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences is to collaborate with communities in the southwestern United States in developing innovative responses to health challenges, and translating best practices globally.

The Department of Health Promotion Sciences (HPS) academic areas are concentrated in the Family and Child Health section and the Health Behavior and Health Promotion section. The department supports the instruction, research and service mission of the College by providing excellent classroom, research and community training opportunities to students.

Why Study at The University of Arizona?


The Health Promotion Sciences department has a diverse group of faculty members who engage in teaching, service and research in the many different areas of health promotion and disease prevention. View our primary faculty directory.

Educational Programs

Certificate Programs


Faculty research areas of focus in HPS range from laboratory science to health promotion and prevention.  Current areas of focus include:

  • Nutrition, physical activity and disease prevention 
  • Tobacco, alcohol and substance abuse
  • Women's health, children's health and elder health
  • Violence against women
  • Minority health 
  • Global health
  • Cancer, HIV/AIDS and other disease prevention
  • Health education and prevention science
  • Program evaluation and quality of care improvement
  • Patient empowerment, chronic disease self-management, and quality of life assessment.
Learn more about current research at MEZCOPH.

Community Engagement

Faculty and students engage with communities in a broad range of activities, such as health education lectures, public health fairs, border health collaborations, service learning opportunities, community outreach programs, and public health surveillance.  To learn more about areas of community engagement, check out our Outreach page.  To see how students are working with communities, check out our Student Organizations

Contact Us

Prospective students are encouraged to contact us if they have any questions.


If you have a question about admission to any of the programs offered by the department, please contact our Director of Admissions at or by phone at 520.626.3201.


If you wish to contact the Department of Health Promotion Sciences directly, please email Sacha Cueto or call 520.626.6317.

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