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Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change

East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Friday,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Joanna Cohen

Examines the major theoretical frameworks that are relevant to the development, enactment, implementation and evaluation of policy interventions that support healthy behavior change. Explores the roles of ideas, interests, institutions, key actors and ethics in the policy process. Discusses how the environment can be influenced to improve the chances of implementing effective interventions to improve the public’s health. Presents case studies to critically explore the strengths and limitations of policy change theories as they relate to current hot topics in the area of health, behavior and society.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain and critically evaluate the major theoretical frameworks used to analyze policy change
  2. Discuss the major influences that determine which interventions are chosen and implemented
  3. Describe the major policy tools and players involved in developing and implementing policy interventions to support health behavior change and improve health
  4. Identify the key factors that affect the successful implementation of policy interventions
  5. Describe primary approaches used to evaluate policy interventions
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 100% Assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate students

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Undergraduate students require permission from the instructor.

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