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Approx. 16 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Identify social, behavioral, and psychological factors that influence health and health care.

  • Inform clinical care, public health programs, and health policy through results of empirical studies.

  • Utilize best practices from clinical psychology and public health to make informed health decisions and to optimize health behaviors.

  • Apply theory, methods, and research results in the social and behavioral sciences to public health practice and policy.

Skills you will gain

health practicesbehavioral psychologyPublic HealthMental Healthhealth psychology

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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Welcome to the course

2 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 55 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
1.2 - Course orientation6m
1.3 - Week 1 Introduction42s
1.4 - Definition of Health5m
1.5 - Challenges to embracing social and behavioral factors3m
1.6 - Leading Causes of Death12m
1.7 - The Health Belief Model3m
1.8 - Behaviorism7m
1.9 - Prompting3m
1.10 - Stimulus Control2m
1.11 - Boosting Behavioral Compliance1m
1.12 - Conclusion2m
4 readings
Contribute to the Science of Health Behavior Change!10m
Setting your preferences to see feedback from teaching staff10m
Week 1 Reading30m
Tell us about YOU!10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz10m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Nutrition Part 1

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 28 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
2.2 - The Importance of Diet4m
2.3 - Junk Food6m
2.4 - Nutrition Interventions4m
2.5 - Nutrition Intervention Studies8m
2.6 - Week 2 Conclusion4m
1 reading
Week 2 Reading30m
1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz10m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Nutrition Part 2

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 39 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
3.2 - Obesity7m
3.3 - The Look Head Trial and Personal Responsibility8m
3.4 - Food Marketing6m
3.5 - Health Halos3m
3.6 - Optimal Defaults in Reducing Obesity10m
3.7 - Week 3 Conclusion1m
1 reading
Week 3 Reading30m
1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz10m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Physical Activity Part 1

1 hour to complete
7 videos (Total 43 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
7 videos
4.2 - What is Physical Activity11m
4.3 - Measuring Physical Activity10m
4.4 - Health Benefits of Exercise3m
4.5 - Physical Inactivity6m
4.6 - Media Analysis5m
4.7 - Week 4 Conclusion3m
1 reading
Week 4 Reading30m
1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz8m

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