CPT-32306 Interventions for Health Behaviour Change

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Lecture22
Practical24
Group work3
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. BC Mulder
LHH Winkens
Lecturer(s)dr. BC Mulder
LHH Winkens
Examiner(s)prof. dr. EWML de Vet
LHH Winkens
dr. BC Mulder

Language of instruction:

English.

Assumed knowledge on:

CPT-12306 Introduction to Strategic Communication and MCB-10806 Social Psychology.

Contents:

Many major health issues are influenced by human behaviours. For instance, many chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cancers are influenced by diet and physical activity of consumers. But also behaviours by other actors may influence health outcomes. Think of the prescription of antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine, which influences public health through antimicrobial resistance. Consequently, behaviour change is an important target for interventions to address these issues. In this course you learn how to systematically develop interventions to create behaviour change. Different intervention design frameworks are introduced (e.g., intervention mapping, behaviour-centred design, behaviour change wheel) and you learn how to systematically apply these frameworks. Communication plays a role at different ecological levels of interventions, as well as in the phases of intervention development, evaluation and implementation; you learn how communicative processes shape and facilitate these different phases.

Learning outcomes:

After the course, students

  1. can identify advantages and disadvantages of relevant frameworks for intervention design
  2. can analyse the behavioural origins of major contemporary health issues
  3. apply behavioural theory to understand the nature of health-related behaviours of different actors
  4. familiarize with behaviour change techniques
  5. are able to identify the most suitable behaviour change techniques for specific intervention targets
  6. can design an intervention, evaluation and implementation plan
  7. Explain the role for communication in different phases for health interventions and at different ecological levels of interventions

Activities:

- Lectures;

- Self-study;

- Practical;

- Working groups.

Examination:

- Assignments (50%);
- Exam (50%).
Each component needs a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.

Literature:

- Intervention mapping handbook

- Peer-reviewed articles


ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Compulsory for: BGMHealth and SocietyBSc5MO