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Health Behavior: Improving Health Through Health Education/Promotion

1st term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Ryan Kennedy

Must have completed all 1st year courses to enroll in this course


Are you interested in helping populations adopt healthier behaviors?

Have you wondered about how behavior change theory works in the real world practice of health promotion?

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 planning frameworks (PRECEDE/PROCEED and Social Marketing) for conducting needs assessments and designing 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 from health care and community settings will be presented.

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 the application of theory-based needs assessment to the selection of intervention methods and strategies
  4. Demonstrate skills in planning a health behavior change program by successfully completing a written needs assessment
Methods of Assessment:

Discussion 1: 10%, Discussion 2: 10%, Assignment 1 - Problem Statement: 10%, Assignment 2 - Needs Assessment: 10%, Assignment 3 - Theory Application, 10%, Peer Feedback on Assignment 4 Intervention: 10%, Assignment 4 - Intervention: 10%, Livetalk Attendance: 10%, Final Quiz: 20%, Optional Extra Credit: 5%

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in MAS in Population Health Management

Instructor Consent:

No consent required