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Program Planning for Health Behavior Change

Winter Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Tue 01/04/2022 - Fri 01/07/2022
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Ryan Kennedy
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

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. 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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 70% Assignments
  • 30% Quizzes

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This online course will be run differently from other online courses in that it will not be asynchronous, but rather attendance will be needed on these 4 days for synchronous sessions.