410.620.01 | AY 2012-2013 - 1st Term | 3 Credit(s)
TTh 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Andrea Gielen
    Vanya Jones
  • 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.

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    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 describe the role of health education and health promotion in addressing these problems. Students will learn how to use planning frameworks (PRECEDE/PROCEED and Social Marketing) for conducting needs assessments and designing and evaluating health promotion programs. Drawing on an ecological approach, individual and community level theories of health behavior change will be introduced and their applications to health behavior change interventions illustrated. Examples of health education and health promotion programs in a variety of settings will be described. Students’ mastery of this material will be evaluated through completion of two in-class labs, two quizzes, and one group poster presentation.

  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on class participation and a needs assessment and program plan.

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    Each student’s grade will be based on the following factors:
    Quiz 1     35%
    Quiz 2    30%

    Lab Group Summaries 10% (5% each)

    Lab Group Participation 5%
    Poster Presentation   20%


  • Required Text(s)

    Additional Faculty Notes:

    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

    All readings other than the textbook are posted on the Ares e-reserves system. To gain access to this material, go to You will need to log in with your JHED ID.


  • Course Schedule

    Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.

  • Academic Ethics Code

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Course Learning Objectives

    Information not required for this course type

  • Important Dates

    Friday, September 7th: Group Preference Sheet Due

    Thursday, September 20th: Lab 1

    Friday, September 21st: Lab 1 Summary Due

    Tuesday, October 2nd: Quiz 1

    Tuesday, October 16th: Lab 2

    Friday, October 17th: Lab 2 Summary Due

    Tuesday, October 23rd: Quiz 2  

    Thursday, October 25th: Poster Presentation Due. Lab Group Participation Form Due.

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    Students will be able to:

    1. Explain the role of health behavior in current public health problems and the importance of ecological approaches to solving these problems.
    1. Describe the elements of social marketing and PRECEDE/PROCEED and how they can be applied to planning health education/health promotion programs.
    1. Describe the constructs of at least two behavior change theories and explain how they can help to understand and change a health behavior.
    1. Demonstrate skills in planning a health behavior change program by successfully presenting a needs assessment project.
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