Evidence-Based Practice in Health Education and Promotion: A Review and Introduction to Resources

Elizabeth K. Hill, Kristine M. Alpi, Marilyn Auerbach

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This review examines evidence-based practice (EBP) in health education and promotion with a focus on how academically trained health educators develop EBP skills and how health education and promotion practitioners access the literature to inform their activities. Competencies and credentialing in health education related to evidence-based practice are outlined and sources for evidence-based practice literature in health education and promotion are described. An exploratory questionnaire to consider teaching and resources in evidence-based practice was distributed to faculty and librarians from the top 10 ranked health education doctoral programs. Findings highlighted the integral value of EBP instruction to the curriculum. Growth opportunities in evidence-based health education and health promotion for instructors, practitioners, and librarians include promotion and expansion of online evidence-based public health resources to close the evidence-practice gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)358-366
Number of pages9
JournalHealth promotion practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • evidence-based health education
  • evidence-based health promotion
  • evidence-based practice
  • librarians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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