Spring 2019 - BPK 340 D100

Active Health: Behavior and Promotion (3)

Class Number: 4376

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SECB 1011, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3260, Burnaby

  • 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.


3 hours lecture each week for 13 weeks,
Lecture topics:

  • Understanding health behavior and promotion
  • Models of behavior change
  • Motivation
  • The relationship between activity and health 
  • Recommended amounts of physical activity
  • Health Surveillance 
  • Environmental influences on behavior
  • Theory and determinants of health and exercise behaviors
  • Intervention strategies for individuals
  • Counseling
  • Interventions to promote physical activity in communities 
  • Social Marketing                             


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. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills directed at health promotion.  


  • Quizzes (4 quizzes during the semester) 30%
  • Take home assignments 20%
  • Class presentation and proposal 20%
  • Final Exam 30%


Course style:

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


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



There is no textbook for this course.


Readings will be available on Canvas.

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://www.sfu.ca/students/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