Fall 2018 - BPK 340 D100

Active Health: Behavior and Promotion (3)

Class Number: 4862

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 4 – Dec 3, 2018: Tue, 8:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2018
    Mon, 12:00–3:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BPK 142, STAT 201 (or PSYC 201). Recommended: BPK 140.



Relationships among health, physical activity, and other health-associated behaviors are examined. In addition, the theories and models of health behavior, in the context of intervention and promotion strategies, are discussed. Pertinent background information is provided, concerning the influence of fitness on various disease states, as well as the epidemiology of health and exercise behaviors.


13 weeks 3 hours class per week

Lecture topics:

  • Models of behavior change
  • Motivation
  • Environmental influences of behavior
  • Correlates of health behavior
  • Health Surveillance
  • Social Marketing
  • Health Promotion
  • Campaigns Persuasion
  • Values and norms
  • Ecological models
  • Built environment and physical activity    


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize how health promotion principles are applied to improve health at the individual, community and society levels.
  2. Predict factors which influence people’s motives for making health behavior choices.
  3. Select and integrate information from various sources including academic and grey literature, health surveys, community resources, and personally collected data to answer questions related to health promotion.
  4. Plan strategies to influence health behavior at the individual, community and society levels.
  5. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills directed at health promotion.


  • Quizzes: one quiz every two weeks; average of the best five of six quizzes 30%
  • Take home assignments (four assignments, worth 5, 10 or 15%) (some have choice of group work) 40%
  • Final examination (three hours, comprehensive) 30%


Course style:

  • Guided independent learning rather than passive absorption of wisdom from the expert
  • Heavy emphasis on learning by doing: in-class written activities solo or in small groups, discussion, demonstration, and oral presentation.
  • Active participation is expected. Texting, Internet surfing, crossword puzzling, etc. during class are discouraged.  



Course Ware (a collection of assigned readings) will be available for sale at the Bookstore. This is the SAME edition used in Fall 2014, Summer and Fall 2015, all of 2016 and Spring 2017 and 2018. It is substantially different than other editions.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

It is the responsibility of the student to keep their BPK course outlines if they plan on furthering their education.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html