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Am J Health Promot. 1996 Mar-Apr;10(4):270-81.

Ecological foundations of health promotion.

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  • 1Institute of Health Promotion Research, Vancouver, Canada.


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.

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