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About the Course

The Health Protection course is the third instalment of the wider Foundations of Public Health Practice specialisation from Imperial College London's Global Master of Public Health (MPH). The scope and content of this course has been developed from the ground up by a combined team of academics and practitioners drawing on decades of real-world public health experience as well as deep academic knowledge. Through short video lectures, practitioner interviews and a wide range of interactive activities, learners will be immersed in the world of public health practice. Designed for those new to the discipline, over three modules (intended for three weeks of learning), learners will become familiar with the scope, theory and implementation of behaviour change in the context of public health practice. The course begins by challenging learners about their preconceptions about healthy and unhealthy behaviour - seeking to contextualise these ideas within the broader public health approach (the first course of this specialisation). The course thereafter swiftly covers the origins of risk communication and behaviour change through the lens of health psychology and classical economics, before introducing ideas of bounded rationality and the genesis of behavioural insights and so-called Nudges. By the end of the course, learners will be fluent with their use of the Behaviour Change Wheel methodology of intervention development and the application of the COM-B framework to a range of target behaviours and behavioural barriers. The subsequent courses of this specialisation will cover health protection before moving into the final (degree learner) course which where learners will focus on developing the core professional skillset that defines public health practitioners - whether in service or academia....

Top reviews


Oct 20, 2020

Very engaging and practical course. I feel excited to seek out opportunities to apply what I've learnt. Highly recommend it.


Apr 21, 2023

Great course. Glad to have access to some information of behavioural insights. Learning in this field can be very pricey.

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By Saaniya M (

Nov 15, 2021

This course, through its modules, is a perfect introduction to understanding the impact of behavior on health, and health outcomes. Exploring why people make unhealthy choices, and analyzing and communicating risk and motivation to understand uncertainty are some of the skills I built through this course. An overview of health psychology-based behavior change theories helped highlight the various underlying drivers of behavior. An introduction to the concept of behavior economics taught me how to apply behavioral insights into public policy. I found the Behavior Change Wheel Methodology to be an extremely interesting method to explore how knowledge, intent and action are linked with different behavioral drivers, and how to appropriately design responses inculcating the same, to generate relevant advisories, and recommendations. The course also shed light on the different approaches to assessing behavioral interventions, and the effects of need, power, authority and interest on the same. The peer review assignment enabled me to explore the application of behavior change methodologies at scale.

By Dan B

Jan 11, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It both gave an excellent conceptual overview of behaviour change theories as well as a really valuable gateway into how these can be applied in the real world. The course is a must-take for anyone considering work in the area of behavioural science or health promotion!

By Manel M

Aug 6, 2022

please fix the peer review assignement thanks

By Priyank M

Nov 25, 2020

A beautifully designed course which offers a wonderful mix of theory and exercises. At the start, I was not very sure how well I would be able to under stand the behaviour change related topics. But I must admit, at the end of the course, I am highly delighted with the topics explained during the course and I feel fully confident to use them effectively in my work area. Thank you Imperial College London! Thank you Coursera!

By Francisco A E A

Sep 21, 2020

I think it is a very complete course, it articulates very well with the other courses of the specialization. A valuable element that I take with me is that I learned more about the Behavior change weel methodology ... I want to know more about it. Congratulations to the entire team of teachers! Excellent course!


Apr 13, 2020

It was a nice experience to learn distantly the core concept of public health from the faculties at Imperial College London. Coursera has made it possible for everyone who wish to learn and it is the quality education of Imperial College London. Thanks

By Mariana L M

Aug 24, 2020

Great course! I really would like to congratulate Imperial College London. The structure of the course is really nice, and it was very helpful for me as a masters student in Mexico and a future PhD student.

By Lucie b

Oct 21, 2020

Very engaging and practical course. I feel excited to seek out opportunities to apply what I've learnt. Highly recommend it.

By Michael K E

Apr 22, 2023

Great course. Glad to have access to some information of behavioural insights. Learning in this field can be very pricey.

By Verónica

Aug 16, 2021

El curso está bien organizado, los docentes son claros y los contenidos pertinentes y actualizados.

By faisl s

Sep 14, 2020

Realy, Thank you so much. I am learning new knowledge, skills and attitudes.

By Ms. M S

May 21, 2020

wonderful course. Get to learn about behavior as a health worker.

By David N

Jun 24, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the Behavioral Change Wheel.

By Samantha H

Nov 3, 2020

Thank you for an excellent course. Samantha Henry,Guyana

By Tanvir A

Nov 7, 2021


By Aisyah N Z

Aug 8, 2022

With some of challenge, finally i finished

By bose e

May 9, 2021

I enjoyed the course. its very insightful.

By Candace - A S

Jun 10, 2021

Course content was great !

By kaior u

Jul 19, 2023

what a beautiful course

By Shaukat A

Jul 20, 2020

Very good course.

By Shaista K

Nov 2, 2020


By Sugandh J

Jun 26, 2020

I felt this had too much material but not enough assignments. The instructor seemed unsure sometimes in videos.

By Ussam B T

Mar 22, 2023

i have submit my peer assignment and got a review yet i could not get my certificate