Fall 2021 - HSCI 312 D100

Health Promotion: Individuals and Communities (3)

Class Number: 2127

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Michal Fedeles
    Office: BLU 11402
    Office Hours: By appointment
  • Prerequisites:

    60 units, including either HSCI 130 or BPK 140, with a minimum grade of C-.



Theoretical frameworks and their applications in health promotion and disease prevention. The development, implementation, and evaluation of programs aimed at individuals and communities in Canada and globally. Students with credit for HSCI 401 prior to Fall 2010 may not take this course for further credit.


COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Students who have learned successfully in this course will be able to:

  1. Explain how human behavior, including habit, affects health – and vice versa.
  2. Describe major theoretical frameworks concerned with health behaviour and health behaviour change, and discuss their applications in health promotion and disease prevention.
  3. Critically appraise, and develop an appreciation for, the role of biological, psychological, and environmental (physical and social) factors in the health of individuals and communities.
  4. Identify ways to encourage, support and sustain health enhancing behaviours, and effect lasting change to those behaviours that are health compromising.
  5. Critically evaluate interventions intended to affect health behaviours of individuals and communities.
  6. Propose strategies for effective, lasting behaviour change in specific contexts.

OVERVIEW OF ASSIGNMENTS, EXAMS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES:  This interactive and experiential course involves individual and team work in class and in the community; critical reading and discussion of the health promotion and disease prevention literature; writing critical reflections, reviews, and quizzes. Students actively participate in, and co-lead, class activities including discussions. Learning in this course culminates in students designing and, optionally, carrying out a health promotion strategy and plan.



OVERALL GOAL:  The goal of this course is to advance students’ understanding of, and appreciation for, the potential of public health to enhance the health status of individuals and communities by facilitating their learning about, reflecting upon, and critically analyzing intra-personal as well as environmental factors, and devising the supports required to sustain healthy choices, habits, and lifestyles.


  • Active learning during in-person classes 25%
  • Change readiness assessment + reflection 5%
  • Behaviour change principles + insights 15%
  • Health promotion approaches + application 15%
  • Applied project proposal + presentation + submission 40%


IMPORTANT NOTES:  The instructor may make changes to the syllabus within Faculty / University regulations.



Edberg, M. (2019). Essentials of health behavior: Social and behavioral theory in public health (3rd ed.). Jones & Bartlett Learning. LCCN 2018016319 (e-book) | ISBN 9781284145359 (paperback)

Registrar Notes:


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