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Program Planning for Health Behavior Change

1st term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Vanya Jones
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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


Behavior is central to many health issues. Understanding how to design interventions to improve health behaviors is relevant to all public health professionals. If you want to impact health behavior on the wing of your hospital, or at the community/state level - the content of this is relevant. You'll never look at a behavior change message the same!

Introduces students to different health behavior change theories addressing several levels of the Ecological Model. Students review and practice using program planning frameworks and needs assessments for designing effective interventions. Students choose a public health problem of their choice and design a behavior change intervention to address that problem. The process of creating the intervention is guided by a needs assessment and is theoretically informed.

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. Be familiar with intrapersonal and community behavior change theories and their applicability to developing public health interventions
  3. Demonstrate skills in planning a health behavior change program by successfully completing a written needs assessment
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 50% Assignments
  • 20% Discussion Board
  • 20% Quizzes

Instructor Consent:

No consent required