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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Connie Evashwick, George Mason University, USA
Marcia Ory, Texas A&M Health Science Center, USA

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Mission Statement

Public Health Education and Promotion is a specialty section of Frontiers in Public Health.

Public Health Education and Promotion aims to advance the scientific basis of knowledge and action for current and future public health professionals, including those working with lay audiences. The goals are to: promote use of the most effective content and methods for instruction related to public health; and add to the research and practice base on the most effective strategies for health promotion in a global context. The desired outcome of both efforts is to strengthen public health infrastructure and systems worldwide. This new Section is based on the premise that education of the lay public, policymakers, and current and future workforce professionals is fundamental to having an effective public health system within and across nations. We call for innovative education and practice that can help individuals make better personal health choices, health professionals more effectively engage in evidence-based practices, and societies enhance programmatic efforts and policy initiatives to protect and promote population health. There are new public health frontiers for individual health professions disciplines and interprofessional education related to content and pedagogical techniques for both on-line and in-person classroom instruction. Similarly, new frontiers exist in health promotion efforts to implement, disseminate, and sustain evidence-based multi-level interventions, balancing program and policy implementation with needed adaptation to local settings and populations. All these “frontiers” depend on knowledge created through research and spread through education and multi-level health promotion strategies. Public Health Education and Promotion focuses on building the evidence about how to teach as well as what to teach to effectively reach different audiences with messages pertinent to public health. This includes educating lay members as well as training the nascent and seasoned members of the public health workforce, who in turn affect programs, policies, and front-line practice related to public health. To build useful bodies of knowledge that will be widely available in a timely manner, Public Health Education and Promotion will be organized into two primary topical sub-sections which reflect related but distinct areas of inquiry: Education of the current and future workforce; and Health Promotion with both an individual and societal focus. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, content, methods, and implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of multi-level education and promotion innovations that affect health-related knowledge, behaviors, and practices across populations and settings. Both areas seek manuscripts that focus on single disciplines or interdisciplinary efforts, further the translation from knowledge to practice, through education, behavior change strategies, and evaluation. Both fields are prime for new ways of framing their activities and expected outcomes.

Public Health Education and Promotion welcomes submissions of the following tier 1 articles: Book Review, Classification, Clinical Case Study, Clinical Trial, Data Report, Editorial, Evaluation, General Commentary, Hypothesis & Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.

All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Public Health Education and Promotion, where they are peer reviewed by the associate and review editors of the specialty section.

Articles published in the section Public Health Education and Promotion will be subject to the Frontiers evaluation system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a prestigious Frontiers Focused Review - a tier 2 article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Public Health.

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Specialty Chief Editor/s:  Connie Evashwick, George Mason University, USA
Marcia Ory, Texas A&M Health Science Center, USA

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