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Program Planning for Health Behavior Change

Course Status

East Baltimore
Winter Institute
Health, Behavior and Society
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Asynchronous Online with Some Synchronous Online
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
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:
  • 70% Assignments
  • 30% Quizzes