410.620.13 | AY 2012-2013 - Winter I Term | 3 Credit(s)
MTWThF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Vanya Jones
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Information not required for this course type

  • 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. Theories of health behavior change at the individual and community levels will be introduced and their applications to health behavior change interventions illustrated. Examples of health education and health promotion programs will be presented from health care, school, and community settings. Students’ mastery of this material will be evaluated through completion of exercises, quizzes, and exams. 

  • Intended Audience
    Master's and doctoral students interested in health education and health promotion
  • Methods of Assessment
    Student evaluation based on class participation, two assignments in identifying components of a needs assessment and program plan, and a final exam.

    Additional Faculty Notes:


    Each student’s grade will be based on the following factors:

    Exercises (20% each)          40%

    Quizzes (15% each)             30%

    Final Exam                           30%


  • 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


    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 Additionally, there is a link through Courseplus under the Class Materials & Resources tab.



  • 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.

  • Welcome Message


    January 7-11, 1:30-5:30pm, 391 Hampton House

  • Course Objectives(from old syllabus)

    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.

    4.     Demonstrate skills in planning a health behavior change program by successfully completing a written needs assessment. 

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