HLTH09005 2019 Health Behaviour Change

General Details

Full Title
Health Behaviour Change
Transcript Title
Health Behaviour Change
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Azura Youell, Maire McCallion, Margaret McLoone
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHPRP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice SG_SHPPM_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Certificate in Health Promotion and Wellness Practice

This modules aims to equip students with key skills in health behaviour change theory and practice

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Source and critically appraise evidence pertaining to health behaviour change and health behaviour maintenance


Critically appraise current theories, frameworks and techniques pertaining to behaviour change


Develop and understand core principles of behaviour change at individual, intrapersonal, environmental and policy based levels


Source, interpret and apply appropriate and referenced behaviour change data and research in a variety of health related behaviours

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The teaching elements of the module will be provided by the Institute of Technology Sligo.  Lectures will be delivered online through  lectures and flipped classroom approaches accompanied by matching practical tasks

Module Assessment Strategies

This module will be assessment on the basis of 100% continuous assessment.

Students will be assessed through various assessment processes including some or all of the following; critical appraisal tasks, evidence searching and writing and communication based projects

Repeat Assessments

Provided to students who fail to reach the required standards

Indicative Syllabus

Health Behaviour - The foundations, scope, theory, research and practice

Theories of Behaviour Change - Models and Frameworks for Behaviour Change

Theories of Maintenance Behaviour Change

Behaviour Change Techniques and Interventions

Methodologies of Behaviour Change

  • Individual Health Behaviour Change e.g Health Belief Model, TTM and Stages of Change, Processes of Change
  • Interpersonal Behaviours Change e.g. Interpersonal influences on behaviour change; social support, social networks
  • Environmental & Policy Based Approaches to Behaviour Change
  • Community & Group Models of Behaviour Change  e.g. community engagement, community organisation, community building, diffusion of public health interventions
  • Technology / Digital based approaches to behaviour change
  • Global Behaviour Change

Anaylsing Health Behaviour Change Data

Health Protective and Health Risk Behaviours - Factors influencing success

Future Directions in Behaviour Change


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Health Behaviour Change Project Assignment 50 % OnGoing 1,3,4
2 Reflecting on Health Behaviour Practical Assignment 50 % Week 5 1,2,3

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Distance Learning Suite Lecture/Flipped Classroom 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2017-09-22 Health Behavior Change Routledge
ISBN 9781315527192 ISBN-13 1315527197

We live in an era where people live longer but also suffer from more chronic illnesses. Yet these two issues present not only significant challenges to healthcare professionals, but also governments seeking cost-effective ways to manage their health and social care budgets. Encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles is, therefore, a fundamental issue for both those at risk as well as for society as a whole. This is the first textbook to present not only the theoretical foundations that explain health behavior change but also the methods by which change can be assessed and the practical contexts where theory and method can be applied. Covering behavior change aimed at improving health as well as preventing disease, it places behavior change firmly in context with the social and demographic changes which make it such an urgent issue, from the rise in levels of obesity to an aging population. The book considers the role of individuals but also other important influences on health behavior, such as the environment in which people live, public policy and technological changes. Fostering a critical perspective, and including case studies in each chapter with key issues highlighted throughout, the book provides a complete understanding of health behavior change, from its theoretical building blocks to the practical challenges of developing and testing an intervention. It will be essential reading for students and researchers of health psychology, public health and social work, as well as any professional working in this important area.

Required Reading
2016-11-11 Behavior Change Research and Theory Academic Press
ISBN 9780128027059 ISBN-13 0128027053

Behavior Change Research and Theory: Psychological and Technological Perspectives provides a unified account of behavior change theories and broad coverage of application domains and best practices. From a psychological and human-computer interaction perspective, the book puts a strong emphasis on the psychological foundations of behavior change, and explores the relationship between technology and behavior change. It will cover the major behavior change theories: planned behavior; health belief model; protection motivation; transtheoretical; and more recent approaches to behavior change like Nudge, and Mindspace. The section on health research and behavior change will cover interventions like diet and fitness, mental health, smoking cessation, and diabetes management. Topics also include financial and security research, and behavior change in relation to financial and other forms of sensitive information (passwords, phishing, and financial transactions). The last section will highlight the challenges and opportunities afforded by the increasing use of mobile technology with respect to the design of programs and apps aimed at facilitating behavior change and the role of social media. Provides case studies of key theoretical models of behavior change Evaluates the success of key theories Details cost/benefit analyses of each particular approach Includes techniques such as implementation intentions, self-affirmation, feedback, and social support Offers practical consideration of the impact of technology and design Delves into sustainability issues such as recycling and energy reduction Highlights future directions for research

Required Reading
2014-11-07 Health Behavior Change in Populations JHU Press
ISBN 9781421414560 ISBN-13 1421414562

One of the most effective ways to improve health and quality of life lies not only in developing new medical approaches but in addressing the causes of harmful personal behaviors. These behaviorswhich include tobacco, alcohol, and drug use, poor diet, and physical inactivityare known risk factors that lead to disease, disability, and death worldwide. Health Behavior Change in Populations is designed to teach intermediate and advanced undergraduate students, graduate students, and practitioners the strategic principles and methods for creating positive behavioral change on a population level. With an emphasis on the application of theory and research to practiceand grounded in the ecological model of health behavior changethis core textbook presents current and future public health professionals with a variety of tools for helping people make healthful choices. It also teaches readers strategies for encouraging individuals to participate in community efforts that modify surroundings and circumstances to support actions conducive to health. Written and edited by experts in the health professions, the book also addresses the magnitude of current public health challenges. In addition to identifying evidence-based interventions and best practices, the contributors offer guidance for reaching out to diverse communities, explain how social influences affect behavioral choice, and clarify support roles for key stakeholders, including insurers, employers, policymakers, community groups, clinicians, and health departments. -- Donald E. Morisky, ScD, MSPH, ScM, UCLA School of Public Health

Required Reading
2015-07-01 Health Behavior John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118629055 ISBN-13 1118629051

The essential health behavior text, updated with the latesttheories, research, and issues Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice provides athorough introduction to understanding and changing healthbehavior, core tenets of the public health role. Covering theory,applications, and research, this comprehensive book has become thegold standard of health behavior texts. This new fifth edition hasbeen updated to reflect the most recent changes in the publichealth field with a focus on health behavior, including coverage ofthe intersection of health and community, culture, andcommunication, with detailed explanations of both established andemerging theories. Offering perspective applicable at theindividual, interpersonal, group, and community levels, thisessential guide provides the most complete coverage of the field togive public health students and practitioners an authoritativereference for both the theoretical and practical aspects of healthbehavior. A deep understanding of human behaviors is essential foreffective public health and health care management. This guideprovides the most complete, up-to-date information in the field, togive you a real-world understanding and the background knowledge toapply it successfully. Learn how e-health and social media factor into healthcommunication Explore the link between culture and health, and the importanceof community Get up to date on emerging theories of health behavior andtheir applications Examine the push toward evidence-based interventions, andglobal applications Written and edited by the leading health and social behaviortheorists and researchers, Health Behavior: Theory, Research andPractice provides the information and real-world perspectivethat builds a solid understanding of how to analyze and improvehealth behaviors and health.

Required Reading
2010 Health Behavior Change Churchill Livingstone
ISBN 0702031534 ISBN-13 9780702031533

Rev. ed. of: Health behavior change / Stephen Rollnick, Pip Mason, Christopher Butler. 1999.

Required Reading
2014-08-25 From Health Behaviours to Health Practices John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118898390 ISBN-13 1118898397

Originally published as Volume 26, issue 2 of The Sociology of Health & Illness.

Required Reading
2016-03-17 Health Psychology SAGE
ISBN 9781473952447 ISBN-13 1473952441

Instructors - Electronic inspection copies are available or contact your local sales representative for an inspection copy of the print version. Hormones in your gut can affect the way you behave, prenatal infections have been associated with the development of schizophrenia and women doing shift work are more likely to develop diabetes. This book looks at fieldwork and health promotion through a psycho-social and biological perspective, to limit the occurrence of illness. We might not always be successful in preventing or overcoming every pathological condition through psychological and life-style changes, but at the least, stress can be diminished and quality of life can be enhanced. The author presents both key and up-to-date studies to help the reader explore the varied ways in which the biological, physiological and social factors at an individual and systematic level all affect psychology and how effective interventions can influence the health of a population. Mapped to course requirements and exploring bio-social, developmental and life-style factors in relation to physical and psychological disturbances, Health Psychology is an indispensable companion for undergraduate and postgraduate students in psychology, health sciences, nursing and education students. Supported by a wealth of learning features and additional content, this book will give your students: Access to the SAGE companion website which includes interactive quizzes, author selected videos, further reading, glossaries, testbanks and powerpoint slides 17 chapters packed with case studies, the latest research and areas of study The knowledge and skills to link theory to practice

Required Reading
2012-05-01 Health Psychology: A Textbook McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335243839 ISBN-13 0335243835

"Jane Ogden's Health Psychology is a smart and readable textbook that should appeal to both instructors and students of health psychology. Its overall structure is intuitively appealing and progresses from health beliefs to factors associated with becoming ill to the actual state of being ill. New to this edition is a wonderful chapter on the demographics of health and health behaviours. Using a number of striking graphs, Ogden highlights the disparities in health by geography, social class, and gender. The book's greatest appeal, however, is its focus on the major ideas in health psychology. The reader is not bombarded with subtleties of dozens of studies; rather the broader theories are emphasized. Whether you come to health psychology with a background in social, clinical, physiological, or other specialization, you will find this to be a compelling book." James W. Pennebaker, Regents Centennial Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, USA "This 5th edition of Health Psychology represents an even more attractive book than the previous editions. The new figures and images illustrate the text and students are provided with clear, up-to-date and accessible information on the major theoretical and empirical issues in health psychology. There are four new chapters and the one on health promotion is particularly impressive. The book now seems suited not only to health psychology students but also for those in allied professions such as physiotherapists, nurses, dieticians, physicians and medical students." Ad A. Kaptein, Professor of Medical Psychology, Leiden University Medical Centre, the Netherlands "This thought-provoking book is in tune with students' questions about health psychology and places the student at the centre of knowledge dissemination." Dr Catherine Sykes, Team Leader in Health Psychology, City University, London "Jane Ogden manages to write in an uncomplicated manner but without doing injustice to the complexities of the theories and research being described. She provides good historical and societal contexts for the different strands of research, so students can appreciate the relevance of Health Psychology in and for the real world." Roger Ingham, Professor of Health and Community Psychology, University of Southampton "Jane Ogden's Health Psychology is an impressive introduction to the field. The book is suitable for students of all backgrounds wishing to gain a comprehensive introduction to the exciting field of health psychology. The chapters are clearly organized and integrate the latest international research findings into an easy to read and well illustrated textbook." Keith J Petrie, Professor of Health Psychology, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland Thoroughly revised to reflect recent research, theory and practice in health psychology, this market bestseller includes new coverage of topical issues such as behaviour change strategies, health inequalities, exercise dependence, caffeine use and men's health. Now organized into five sections, the book follows a health-illness continuum model, covering theory and research relating to the context of health, health beliefs and behaviours, becoming ill and being ill with the final section describing how students can learn to think more critically about all aspects of health psychology. The new edition also includes five new chapters: Health inequalities - depicts health variation by gender, social class and geography and describes possible explanations for this Health promotion - describes a wide range of theories and strategies used to change behaviour including CBT, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, fear appeals and the use of technology Health access - examines patient contact with health professionals, with a focus on help seeking behaviour (and delay), screening, communication and adherence Men's health - explores gender differences in life expectancy and causes of mortality, men's health related behaviours, their health beliefs, social norms of masculinity and emotional expression Being critical - offers a detailed analysis of how to be more critical, with a focus on thinking about theory, constructs, methodology and measurement Many brand new examples are introduced, covering: post traumatic stress symptoms, exercise and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, post traumatic growth and benefit finding, measurement issues for adherence, eating, exercise, social support and coping, visualization and illness cognitions and the response shift. Health Psychology 5th edition is essential reading for all students and researchers of health psychology. It will also be invaluable to students of medicine, nursing and allied health. An Online Learning Centre website www.openup.co.uk/ogden accompanies this edition with useful materials for students of health psychology and their lecturers, including PowerPoint presentations, artwork and a new Testbank.

Required Reading
2014-01-13 Health Psychology John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781118425206 ISBN-13 1118425200

"The 8th edition of Health psychology: biopsychosocial interactions has been updated to include a broader picture of health psychology by presenting cross-cultural data. Additionally, international examples are included to broaden the psychologist's view of health issues around the world and highlight what works in the field"--Publisher's description.

Required Reading
2014-02-10 Promoting Healthy Behaviour Routledge
ISBN 9781317818861 ISBN-13 1317818865

There is ever growing recognition by governments and healthcare professionals of the need to respond to the challenges of preventable diseases, especially so-called "lifestyle diseases", and of the influence that social class, gender, ethnicity, as well as individual differences play in health. This text explores the fundamental importance of psychology in the development of these lifestyle diseases, and how an understanding of psychological models is essential for the healthcare practitioner to predict behaviours and develop evidence-based interventions. This thoroughly updated edition includes new chapters looking at health inequalities, health promotion, working with special populations and understanding the role of social and psychological factors in some common conditions. These four additional chapters will enable the reader to better understand the place of lifestyle change within wider society. Beginning with an introduction to healthy behaviour and the context that health practitioners work in, the book goes on to look at issues, including: The role of psychology in lifestyle change Diet, alcohol, smoking and active lifestyles Sexual behaviour Chronic illness and vulnerable populations. Each chapter includes key features including learning objectives, case studies, key points and discussion questions, as well as how to apply the various research and theories to practice. Promoting Healthy Behaviour is a practical and informative guide for your practice both now and in the future, and is invaluable reading for healthcare professionals at any stage of their careers.

Required Reading
2017-08-18 Digital Health Routledge
ISBN 9781317302193 ISBN-13 1317302192

The rise of digital health technologies is, for some, a panacea to many of the medical and public health challenges we face today. This is the first book to articulate a critical response to the techno-utopian and entrepreneurial vision of the digital health phenomenon. Deborah Lupton, internationally renowned for her scholarship on the sociocultural and political aspects of medicine and health as well as digital technologies, addresses a range of compelling issues about the interests digital health represents, and its unintended effects on patients, doctors and how we conceive of public health and healthcare delivery. Bringing together social and cultural theory with empirical research, the book challenges apolitical approaches to examine the impact new technologies have on social justice, and the implication for social and economic inequalities. Lupton considers how self-tracking devices change the patient-doctor relationship, and how the digitisation and gamification of healthcare through apps and other software affects the way we perceive and respond to our bodies. She asks which commercial interests enable different groups to communicate more widely, and how the personal data generated from digital encounters are exploited. Considering the lived experience of digital health technologies, including their emotional and sensory dimensions, the book also assesses their broader impact on medical and public health knowledges, power relations and work practices. Relevant to students and researchers interested in medicine and public health across sociology, psychology, anthropology, new media and cultural studies, as well as policy makers and professionals in the field, this is a timely contribution on an important issue.?

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