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There are no mandatory prerequisites for this course. However, HLTH 330 (Principles and Practices of Health Promotion) is recommended.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the ability of selected socio-behavioral theories and models for furthering understanding of important public health problems and issues, with particular reference to health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. Identify prominent features and constructs in commonly used theories and models of health behavior change.
  3. Identify the important role of culture in the context of behavior change.

Course Materials

The required textbooks for this course are

Optional book

While there are only two required textbooks, there are additional reading assignments from other sources. The other readings, specified in the lessons, will either be provided within the course or you will need to go to the Harold B. Lee Library (or another library) to access them.

Readings in Harold B. Lee Library

As an Independent Study student, you have the same online access to the Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) as an on-campus student. You can log in with your BYU Net ID and password. Once there, take a bit of time to familiarize yourself with the HBLL website. Doing this at the beginning will pay off later if you need to search for your reading assignments.

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Course Organization



There will be ten multiple-choice quizzes that will cover content from the theory or model in that lesson. The total score of the quizzes will account for 30% of your grade.

Application Assignments

There are nine lessons which have application assignments. Application assignments are intended to help you become more familiar with the application of health behavior theories. For these assignments, you will select a public health related scenario and submit a 1-page or more description of the application of the theory studied in that lesson. Detailed instructions are in the Application Assignment Instructions.

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There will be one comprehensive final exam. The format will be similar to the quizzes.

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The final grade will be assigned after taking into account your scores from three categories.

Assessment Number Percent of Grade
Quizzes 10 30%
Application Assignments 9 30%
Final Exam 1 40%

Your final grade will be based on this scale:

Grading Scale
A 95%–100%
A− 90%–94%
B+ 87%–89%
B 83%–86%
B− 80%–82%
C+ 77%–79%
C 73%–76%
C− 70%–72%
D+ 67%–69%


D− 60%–62%
E (fail) 59% and below

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Library Help

There are several tutorials to help you learn how to navigate the Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL) website. If you need further help, you can contact a knowledgeable librarian in the Ask a Librarian section.

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 10 computer-graded quizzes, 9 instructor-graded assignments; no resubmissions are allowed.


Summary: 1 proctored final exam. You must pass the final exam to pass the course. (Retakes are not allowed.)

Getting Help

Please use the help menu in this course to contact Independent Study or your instructor. You can find a list of free tutors available to BYU Independent Study students on the Free Tutoring Services website.

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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