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410.620.81 Program Planning for Health Behavior Change

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Ryan Kennedy
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning.


Provides an overview of the breadth of programs and diversity of settings in the field of health education in health promotion, and an opportunity to develop skills in program planning. Explains the importance of health behavior as a contributor to current public health problems and the role of health education and health promotion programs in addressing them, drawing examples from the literature on community-based health education, patient education, school health, and work-site health promotion. Also discusses issues of ethical standards and quality assurance in health education and health promotion.

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:

10% Discussion Forum 1
10% Discussion Forum 2
10% Assignment 1 - Problem Statement
10% Assignment 2 - Needs Assessment Explanation 15% Assignment 3 - Theory Informed Behavior Summary 15% Assignment 4 - Intervention Summary 20% Final Quiz 10% Livetalk Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required