About The Course
Welcome Message

Welcome to the CoursePlus Web site for PROGRAM PLANNING FOR HEALTH BEHAVIOR CHANGE (410.620.13), a course offered by the Department of Health Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Course Description

Provides an overview of the breadth of programs and diversity of settings in the field of health education in health promotion, and an opportunity to develop skills in program planning. Explains the importance of health behavior as a contributor to current public health problems and the role of health education and health promotion programs in addressing them, drawing examples from the literature on community-based health education, patient education, school health, and work-site health promotion. Also discusses issues of ethical standards and quality assurance in health education and health promotion.

Course 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, and (4) demonstrate skills in planning a health behavior change program by successfully completing a written needs assessment.

Course Time

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri   1:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Course Faculty
Intended Audience

Master's and doctoral students interested in health education and health promotion

Grading Policy & Grading Restrictions

Grading Policy: Student evaluation based on class participation, two assignments in identifying components of a needs assessment and program plan, and a final exam.

Grading Restrictions: Letter grade

Textbooks Required

Required Textbook:

Glanz K, Rimer B, and Viswanath K. (Eds) Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4th Edition, 2008, San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass Publishers


Fertman C.I., and Allenworth, D.D. (Eds) Health Promotion Programs: From Theory to Practice, 2010, San Francisco, CA, Jossey-Bass Publishers. (This book is available online via Welch Library.)

All readings other than the textbook are posted on e-reserves. To gain access to this material, go to http://eres.welch.jhmi.edu/eres/default.aspx. Additionally, there is a link through Courseplus under the Class Materials & Resources tab.



Administrative Contact

Jones, Vanya
E-mail: vjones@jhsph.edu