The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of the field of health education/health promotion and an opportunity to develop skills in needs assessment and program planning. We will review the importance of health behavior as a contributor to current public health problems, as well as the role of health education and health promotion in addressing these problems. Students will learn how to use the planning frameworks for conducting needs assessments and designing and evaluating health promotion programs. Theories of health behavior change will be introduced and their applications to health behavior change interventions described. Examples of health education and health promotion programs will be presented from health care and community settings. Students’ mastery of this material will be evaluated through completion of two BBS postings and three exercises.
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Student evaluation is based on two closed-book self assessments and three individual exercises.
This course consists of online lectures, readings, individual exercises, and self assessments.
There are three individual exercises. The purpose of these assignments is to help students apply the concepts and materials presented in class and in the readings.
The purpose of the two self-assessments is to help students (and instructors) determine level of understanding of the course lectures and readings. The self-assessments will also help students to complete the exercises successfully. The self assessments are closed-book and should be completed individually and without the use of lecture materials, notes, or readings.
Glanz, K., Rimer, B., and Viswanath, K. (eds.). Health behavior and health education: Theory, research, and practice, 4th edition. San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass Publishers.
This text can be ordered through the following book store:
Matthews Johns Hopkins Medical Book Center
1830 East Monument Street
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA
Fertman, C. I., and Allensworth, D. D. (Eds.). (2010). Health promotion programs: From theory to practice, 1st edition. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.
*This text is available as an e-book through the Welch Library. Instructions detailing how to access it are posted in the online library on the course website.
Dillman, D. A. (2007). Mail and internet surveys: The tailored design method, 2nd edition. Hoboken: John C. Wiley & Sons.
All readings other than the text book are available via the Welch Medical Library E-Reserves System. To gain access to this material, go to https://ares.library.jhu.edu/shib/ and login using your JHED ID.
Students are expected to read all assignments and listen to all lectures. Each student’s grade will be based on the following factors:
|Two required self-assessments||10% (5% each)|
Assignments are due by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the due date and will be considered late starting at midnight. Late assignments will be penalized 1 point per day late. One additional point will be deducted for every 24-hour period the assignment is late. Please consider the possibility of Internet outages or slow connectivity and leave yourself plenty of time to submit the assignments before the deadline. No extra credit options will be offered. Any exceptions for extenuating circumstances must be handled via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to submission.
Note: Assignment expectations and rubrics are posted in the Online Library
Self Assessment 1
Open April 7 - April 11 at 11:59 PM EDT
Covers lectures 1-5 and associated readings
Due April 14 at 11:59 PM EDT via the Drop Box
Choosing a Final Health Behavior Problem for Your Needs Assessment
Self Assessment 2
Open April 21 - April 25 at 11:59 PM EDT
Covers lectures 6-9 and associated readings
Due April 28 at 11:59 PM EDT via the Drop Box
Completing Your Needs Assessment
Due by May 12 at 11:59 PM EDT (for non-graduates), May 10 at 11:59 PM EDT (for graduates) via Drop Box
Finalizing Needs Assessment and Intervention
Course Evaluation: Due Tuesday, May 27
Andrea Gielen, ScD, ScM
Health, Behavior, and Society (HBS)
Hampton House, 557
Baltimore, MD 21205
Teaching assistants: Email: email@example.com
Marissa Esser, MPH, CHES
PhD Student, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
Diana Lock, MSSW
PhD Student, Department of Health Policy and Management
Nasir Ismail, MSc
PhD Student, Department of Health, Behavior and Society
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