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Diagnosing Health Behaviors for Global Health Programs (Coursera)

Health behavior lies at the core of any successful public health intervention. While we will examine the behavior of individual in depth in this course, we also recognize by way of the Ecological Model that individual behavior is encouraged or constrained by the behavior of families, social groups, communities, organizations and policy makers. We recognize that behavior change is not a simplistic process but requires an understanding of dimensions like frequency, complexity and cultural congruity. Such behavioral analysis is strengthened through the use of a toolkit of theoretical models and practical frameworks. While many of such models and frameworks exist, in this course we will review the Health Belief Model, Social Learning Theory, Theory of Reasoned Action, the Trans-Theoretical Model and the PRECEDE Framework.

After building your behavioral analysis toolkit with these examples, you will see that actual behavior change program planning uses a combination of ideas and variables from different models, theories and frameworks. Ultimately we aim to encourage course participants to apply the idea that successful programs are theory based as they go about involving people in improving their health.



Dimensions of Health Behavior

We start the course with an introduction to the dimensions of health behavior as well as an outline of what to expect from the rest of the course.

Graded: Dimensions of Health Behavior


Individual Behavior, Perspectives, and Interpretations

We continue with theories and models, understanding human behavior, and understanding perspectives. We’ll also examine an example of meanings and interpretations using malaria and river blindness as well as an introduction to force field theory and an explanation of using and making models and theories.

Graded: Individual Behavior, Perspectives, and Interpretations


The Health Belief Model and Social Learning Theory

In this module you will be introduced to the Health Belief Model as well as the Social Learning Theory, which will allow you to better understand how to complete your Peer Review in this module, as you will be completing one of each with a case study provided.

Graded: Theoretical Models

Graded: Health Belief Model and Social Learning Theory


Process Models and PRECEDE

Here you will be introduced to Process Models and take a look at PRECEDE for the first time.

Graded: Stages of Change Transtheoretical Model

The Precede Framework

In this final module, we discuss the PRECEDE Framework as an extension of the previous module.

Graded: PRECEDE Framework