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There are no mandatory prerequisites for this course.

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Department Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate the ability of selected sociobehavioral 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.

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Course Materials

There are no required textbooks for this course. There are 28 articles available for download at the Harold B. Lee Library.

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 fourteen multiple-choice quizzes, one per lesson, that will cover the content in that lesson. The total score of the quizzes will account for 35% of your grade.

Lab Assignments, Activity Logs, and Readings

The lab assignments are intended to give you a chance to think, analyze, and write about various health promotion situations. The Activity Logs are there to help you keep track of your physical activity during the course. The Readings quizzes are there to help you be accountable for the information you need to read for the course. The labs, activity logs, and readings account for 45% of your grade.

Reflection Assignments

The reflection assignments are where you will express the extent to which the content of the lesson has impacted your learning and perceptions of professional application. The reflections account for 15% of your grade

You will submit your completed writing assignments to Independent Study electronically throughout your course. To make sure that I can open and read your papers, please save it as an .rtf (rich text format) file. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Type your paper in a word-processing program (such as Microsoft Word).
  2. When you save the file, click the Save as type: drop-down list.
  3. Select .doc or .docx.
  4. Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, “HLTH330_Lesson1Reflection.doc.”
  5. Click Save.
  6. Submit the file through the lesson’s assignment submission link for grading.

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There will be one proctored comprehensive final exam.


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

Detailed Assessment Plan







Daily physical activity logs


Health promotion activities / reflection writings


Final exam


Total 100%

Your final grade will be based on this scale:

Grading Scale
A 94%–100%
A− 90%–93%
B+ 87%–89%
B 83%–86%
B− 80%–82%
C+ 77%–79%
C 73%–76%
C− 70%–72%
D+ 67%–69%
D 63%–66%
D 60%–62%
E (fail) 59% and below

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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.


14 computer-graded quizzes, 14 reading quizzes, 14 labs, 14 reflection instructor-graded assignments; no resubmissions are allowed. 14 physical activity logs; resubmissions are allowed.

Resubmit an assignment for a fee.


1 proctored, instructor-graded final exam. (Retakes are not allowed.) You must pass the final exam to pass the course.  Must score a 70% to pass the course.

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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Provo, Utah 84602-1514