Ecological foundations of health promotion

Am J Health Promot. 1996 Mar-Apr;10(4):270-81. doi: 10.4278/0890-1171-10.4.270.


In this article, human ecology is defined; its historical and intellectual roots are traced through various disciplines to its applications in public health and health promotion today; its strengths and limitations are described; some potential contributions of systems theory are suggested; and some emerging ecological models of health promotion are anticipated.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ecology*
  • Ecosystem
  • Education
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Policy
  • Health Promotion* / trends
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology
  • Public Health / trends
  • Social Change
  • Social Environment
  • World Health Organization