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410.620.81 Program Planning for Health Behavior Change

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ryan Kennedy
Course Instructor :

Introduction to Online Learning.


The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the field of health education/health promotion and an opportunity to develop skills in needs assessment and program planning. We will review the importance of health behavior as a contributor to current public health problems, as well as the role of health education and health promotion in addressing these problems. Students will learn how to use the planning frameworks for conducting needs assessments and designing and evaluating health promotion programs. Theories of health behavior change will be introduced and their applications to health behavior change interventions described. Examples of health education and health promotion programs will be presented from health care and community settings. Students’ mastery of this material will be evaluated through completion of two individual exercises, a midterm exam, and a final exam. 

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the importance of health behavior as a contributor to current public health problems
  2. Describe the elements of at least two behavior change theories and their applicability to developing health education/health promotion programs
  3. Describe at least three intervention methods and their applicability to successful health education/health promotion programs
  4. Demonstrate skills in planning a health behavior change program by successfully completing a written needs assessment
Methods of Assessment:

Quizzes: 45%; Written Assignment: 45%; Participation: 10%

Instructor Consent:

No consent required