National University




COH604 Theories of Health Behavior

Lead Faculty: Dr. Gina Piane

Course Description

The theoretical basis of individual health behavior. Application of cognitive, psychosocial and environmental theories of health behavior and theories of self-directed and professionally facilitated health behavior change. Emphasis on Behavior Modification, Health Belief Model, Theory of Planned Behavior, Social Cognitive Theory, Stress and Coping, Social Support, and Transtheoretical Model.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe behaviors, which promote, maintain and protect health.
  • Identify historical and contemporary constructs of the major health behavior models.
  • Determine the behavioral dimensions of major acute and chronic diseases and conditions.
  • Apply the constructs of each health behavior model to diagnose and explain contemporary health behaviors.
  • Apply relevant psychological, social and behavioral theories to predict health behavior.
  • Compare the utility of each health behavior model in explaining the influences on health behaviors for individuals and communities.