Courses Details

HBEHED886: Theory-Driven Interventions Targeting Individual Behavior Change

  • Graduate level
  • Winter term(s)
  • 3 Credit Hour(s)
  • Instructor(s): Gamarel, Kristi
  • Prerequisites: HBHE doctoral students or Perm Instr
  • Description: The course will involve in-depth discussions of issues and problems in using conceptual models, theories of health behavior, and data to inform interventions targeting individual behavior change. Presentations will focus on the rationale for selection of a particular theory or theories, conceptual framework, how the theory or model was used to develop the intervention, measurement of theoretical constructs, and the barriers encountered in the implementation and evaluation phase of the research. Intervention research will include those that target clients, providers and families.
  • Course Goals: Current faculty intervention studies will form the basis of discussion for several sessions. Some sessions will focus on critique of intervention research in the literature. Some sessions will be lead by a class participant. Since each session relies heavily on class discussion, attendance is required.
  • Learning Objectives: 1. Describe the role of conceptual models and theories for informing interventions that promote individual behavior change. 2. Discuss the relative utility of various models and theories dependent on the research question and target audience. 3. Articulate the difficulties and limitations of health decision-making models in providing direction in intervention research. 4. Develop and defend a conceptual model using behavioral, social science, and health education theories/constructs to inform an intervention relevant to a current health problem. 5. Discuss current directions in research involving theory and practice.
Concentration Competencies that HBEHED886 Allows Assessment On
Department Program Degree Competency Specific course(s) that allow assessment
HBHE PhD Develop an innovative and efficient design for an empirical analysis of an intervention or observational study to address a research question with clear public health relevance HBEHED885, HBEHED886, preliminary exam
HBHE PhD Integrate theoretical frameworks (e.g., health belief model, social ecological model) with critical analysis of empirical data to identify gaps in current approaches to health promotion HBEHED885, HBEHED886, preliminary exam