Full course description
The focus of this course will be on Intervention Mapping (IM). IM is an approach for developing theory- and evidence-based health promotion interventions. IM can guide health promoters through program development, demystifying and monitoring the development process and eliminating mistakes identified by previous teams.
IM describes the process of health promotion program development in six steps:
- logic model of the problem,
- program outcomes and objectives,
- program design,
- program production,
- program implementation plan, and
- evaluation plan.
The protocol guides program developers through each of these steps by means of specific tasks, which are all included in the work book at the end of this course book. These tasks generate a product that, in turn, provides the basis for subsequent steps. Throughout this course, you will conduct these tasks and go through the first five steps of the IM approach.
After this course, students can:
Knowledge and understanding
- describe the Intervention Mapping approach;
- develop a theory-based health promotion program using the Intervention Mapping approach;
- integrate individual and environmental level explanations and theories.
Application of knowledge and understanding
- integrate their knowledge of theories and evidence concerning health behaviors in the Intervention Mapping approach;
- translate general health promotion goals into specific program objectives;
- integrate ideas, theories and evidence in a new, realistic and promising health promotion program;
- adequately justify the decisions they made in the subsequent steps of the Intervention Mapping approach.
- acknowledge the utility and necessity of using a planned development approach like Intervention Mapping for the development of theory- and evidence-based health promotion programs.
- select determinants using appropriate methodology and statistics.
- communicate own opinion and ideas;
- critically discuss their own and other’s opinions, ideas, and work.
- effectively cooperate in small groups with persons of different background and initial level;
- apply the Intervention Mapping approach to other health problems.
Students are strongly recommended to buy the IM book: Planning Health Promotion Programs: An Intervention Mapping Approach, 4th edition (2016) by L. Kay Bartholomew Eldredge, Christina Markham, Robert A.C. Ruiter, Maria E. Fernández, Gerjo Kok, and Guy S. Parcel. This book is not only useful during this course, but also in the other courses of the Master program and it is a great reference-work for your professional life.