Social and Behavioral Theory Applications in Public Health – HLTH 509

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/08/2022

Course Description

The course is a study of the behavioral, social and cultural factors related to population health disparities. The student will learn that research in this area contributes to the development and evaluation of public health policies, programs and services that promote and sustain health populations.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is one of six required courses taken by all students in the Master of Public Health program. It provides a comprehensive review of the social and behavioral influences on human health and the theoretical foundation that undergirds the practice of public health.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, journal articles, and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

The student will complete 8 Discussions. Six Discussions are based upon assigned article readings and two are part of the "Interprofessional Collaborative Experience".  Each discussion will consist of a thread and a minimum of 2 replies to 2 other students’ threads. The student's post should contain 400–500 words and adhere to AMA writing style guidelines. Each reply should contain 200–250 words and also adhere to AMA writing style guidelines.

Learning Activity Assignments (8)

Each of the Learning Activities is designed to help the student build skills in the process of population-based program planning and evaluation. While each activity is discrete in itself, together they comprise a larger picture that culminates in the Logic Model Assignment.

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will be based on select Learn items and is open-book/open-notes. The student will have 2 hours to choose the correct answers to 50 multiple choice, true/false questions.