Health Behavior and Health Promotion
Pp. 116-122 (7)
Sarah Ross-Viles and Hendrika Meischke
Students in the MPH in Community-Oriented Public Health Practice
(COPHP) frequently progress to careers that require strong skills in health behavior and
health promotion. Learning objectives for COPHP’s Health Behavior and Health
Promotion block cover skills in program planning and assessment, theories of behavior
change, and application of an equity lens in health promotion. Cases in this block
explore content through specific health topics. As in other COPHP blocks, students
teach themselves and each other as they review cases, write and discuss learning
objectives, post research findings, and conduct practical assignments. Faculty who
facilitate this block rewrite cases annually to ensure they include at least one timely
topic that the students will be eager to explore, and real world practitioners lead
seminars that complement the cases. Challenges of the Health Behavior and Health
Promotion block include teaching complex theory and extensive skills in a short time,
keeping the health topics compelling to students, and making sure students maintain an
appropriate balance between exploring interesting health topics and understanding the
fundamentals of health promotion.
Assessment, Communication, Cultural competency, Ethics, Health
behavior, Health promotion, Literacy, Objectives, Planning models, Prevention,
Primary prevention, Program design, Program planning, Protective factors, Risk,
Secondary prevention, Tertiary prevention.
University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States.