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Psychological and Behavioral Factors That Affect a Population's Health

2nd term
0.5 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Tue 10/26/2021 - Sun 11/21/2021
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Course Facilitator

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


A continuum of socioecological factors, ranging from sub-individual to societal, affect a population’s health. Psychological factors shape health directly, or indirectly through influencing lifestyle, preventive, or care-seeking behavior. The course examines the direct influence of psychological factors such as stress, and the bi-directionality of psychological / mental health and physical health.

Shows the role of behavior in health, drawing from smoking and other risk behaviors. Examines factors along the socioecological continuum that influence such behavior. Highlights key determinants for achieving behavior change to improve health outcomes, such as feasibility, self-efficacy and social support. Introduces common types of behavior change interventions, such as counseling and social marketing.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Define psychological factors and explain their direct and indirect influence on population health
  2. Define and distinguish between behavior, behavioral factor and public health outcome
  3. Explain the role of behavior on poor and good health
  4. Name and define socioecological factors along the continuum that influence behavior
  5. Name and define key factors for behavior change
  6. Recognize common types of behavior change interventions
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Interim Assessment
  • 40% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required