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Program Planning for Health Behavior Change

East Baltimore
1st term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Vanya Jones

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. Reviews and practices using program planning frameworks and needs assessments for designing effective interventions. Chooses a public health problem of their choice and design a behavior change intervention to address that problem. Processes the creation of intervention by guiding a needs assessment and theoretically informs.

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
  4. Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

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

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

consent required for undergraduates.

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