Description: This course gives students an understanding of how brief interventions are used to impact health behaviors and the approaches used to help people make and attain behavior-change goals. Students also gain skills in applying scientific evidence from randomized trials and systematic reviews in public health decision-making.
Course Goals: 1) Know what brief behavioral interventions are and how they are delivered to address behavioral challenges
2) Know where to look for evidence supporting the effectiveness of brief interventions
3) Be able to review, interpret, and apply evidence from randomized trials, systematic reviews, and guidelines
4) Understand what types of brief interventions have the strongest evidence and for whom they work
Competencies: a) Identify theories, concepts and models from a range of social and behavior science disciplines that are used in public health research and practice involving multiple levels of change (e.g., individual, family, organization, community, and society).
b) Describe overlap between current models and frameworks, and their limitations
c) Describe how theory is useful in understanding why individuals do or do not engage in health behaviors.
d) Understand the merits of using theory to inform interventions and their evaluation in public health.
e) Describe some of the benefits and challenges of using social and behavioral theories and models to inform programs and policies involving multiple levels of change (e.g. individual, family, organization, community).
f)Describe key adaptations and challenges in applying theories and frameworks to conduct public health research and practice across cultures and in resource poor settings.