Health Behaviours and Behaviour Change
Deepen your understanding of health behaviours and learn behaviour change strategies to improve public health.
A minimum of a second-class honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill.
- IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.
A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding
By the completion of this module students should be able to:
- evaluate the role of different health behaviours as determinants of population health;
- analyse current policy relating to health behaviour;
- synthesise and critically appraise the evidence on public health interventions to change health behaviour;
- critically examine the role of health behaviour theory in explaining and changing health behaviours.
Structure and content
The module consists of 10 units across 12 weeks. In each unit, you will explore a different topic through pre-recorded lectures, reading and discussion boards. There will also be a live webinar for each unit, to discuss any questions that have emerged.
Delivery and assessment
This module will be taught online using a mixture of brief, recorded podcasts, guided study activities, group discussion boards, live tutorial sessions and independent reading.
The assessment for this module is composed of two parts to address the learning outcomes:
- Assessment 1: Students will be assessed on health behaviours, policy and public health strategies addressing health behaviour, behaviour change theories and techniques.
- Assessment 2: Students will select one health behaviour and evaluate the evidence for a public health intervention that aims to change this behaviour. Students will identify and critique the role of behaviour change theory in the intervention.
Dr James Nicholls
You will develop an understanding of public health in a real-world context which will be directly applicable to the working environment.