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Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change is a Course

Policy Interventions for Health Behavior Change

Jun 21 - Oct 30, 2021
12.75 credits

$350 Enroll

Full course description

2021 Annual Summer Program in Population Health Course 

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Are you an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral student? Students receive a discount on Summer Program courses. Student cost for this course is $100. Please use code StudentDiscount.

Instructor: Allison Glasser, MPH

Course Description:

Policy interventions have the potential to influence health behavior on a large scale and can be implemented at the federal, state, and local levels. This course focuses on state and local regulation and policy, with an emphasis on examples from tobacco control. The 2009 Tobacco Control Act provided the US Food and Drug Administration with the authority to regulate tobacco and established the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. In addition, state and local governments have used passed numerous legislative measures, including smoke-free indoor air laws, minimum purchasing age laws, and flavored product sales bans. This course highlights the vital role that state and local regulators play in complementing or enhancing federal regulation and in protecting the public from the harms of tobacco use and other risk factors. This course is geared toward public health professionals interested in understanding the impact of policy interventions on health behavior and how they can influence policy implementation.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Compare the major theoretical frameworks used to develop and analyze policy change.
  • Describe important structures and influences at different levels in the policy system. 
  • Identify major policy tools available to develop and implement policy interventions to support health behavior change.
  • Explain primary approaches used to evaluate policy interventions. 
  • Practice policy advocacy and engagement in the policy process.

Continuing Education:

Continuing education credits will be available for Certified Health Education Specialists, Registered Sanitarians and those Certified in Public Health.

Please contact the Center at or 614-292-2291 for more information about contact hours.