"Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant."
Over the course of 2015 spring and 2016 fall semester, the students in Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences in Global Health (GH 720) at the Boston University School of Public Health worked together to write and compile entries for our online Encylopedia of Public Health Theories.
While designing and preparing for the course, we searched and searched for a single, open-access resource that defines key social and behavioral theories frequently used in public health. What we found, however, are expensive print books, stand-alone definitions usually associated with university classes and organizations, many peer-reviewed journal articles, and Wikipedia entries. We believe that our class can make a big contribution to other public health students and professionals by writing and compiling such a resource.