410.620.13 | AY 2013-2014 - Winter I Term | 3 Credit(s)
MTWThF 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
    Vanya Jones
    Diana Lock
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Explain the importance of health behavior as a contributor to current public health problems.
    • Describe the elements of at least two behavior change theories and their applicability to developing health education/health promotion programs.
    • Describe at least three intervention methods and their applicability to successful health education/health promotion programs.
    • Demonstrate skills in planning a health behavior change program by successfully completing a written needs assessment.
  • Course Description

    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.

    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.)

    See Courseplus for other course materials. To gain access, go to and log in using your eLearning account information. If you do not yet have an account, you will need to create one. The link to do so is also on the Courseplus home page. All readings other than the textbook are posted on Electronic Reserves. To gain access to this material, go to The password is 410620sph. 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.

  • Disability Support Services
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