Social Networks and Theory

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1. A description of two theories and why they have the greatest relevance to social networks. 

 a. Explain how each theory defines the nature of the relationship among individuals, their environments (especially social networks), and health behaviors.

b. Based on past and present uses of theory, an explanation of the influences of economic concerns (e.g. decreased public helath funding, reduced workforce) on the value of theory as a tool for intervention.

II. Connecting Theory and Research

 A.  A description of a community health education theory that you might utilize in conducting further research and why it is of interest to you.


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