Fall 2008 not offered
This course will introduce the major theories of health behavior (e.g., health belief model, transtheoretical model, theory of reasoned action/planned behavior, social learning theory, and public health models). The course will also cover the influence and application of these theories to current efforts to promote change in specific health behaviors, including substance use and abuse; cigarette smoking; exercise, diet, and other health-related behaviors and disorders. Students will develop a working knowledge of the history, major research theories, and constructs and will be exposed to a variety of practical applications within the field of health psychology.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: PSYC101 OR PSYC105
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PSYC)(SISP)
Required text: Glantz, K., Rimer, B., & Lewis, F.M. (Eds.) (2002), HEALTH BEHAVIOR AND HEALTH EDUCATION: THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE (3rd Edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
Readings from the text will be supplemented by theoretical review articles from peer-reviewed journals and academic websites.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two exams (25% each)
Homework assignments consisting primarily of exercises to prepare for discussions topics (25%)
Course assignment: Students will be asked to identify a health behavior that they would like to change. They will be asked to develop a change plan using what they have learned about major theories of health behavior, and monitor their progress. This assignment will be introduced at the beginning of the semester and developed and discussed during the entire semester. (25%)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prerequisites only apply for the spring semester.
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