Health Promotion

Science & Technology
Sport Science
Course Code
SPSC 3203
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course covers the underlying concepts, principles, theories, and current practices of health promotion. The content follows an ecological framework focusing on theory and application at the individual, group, community, organizational, and policy level. Students will gain practical and theoretical knowledge around planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health promotion interventions based on the principles of best practices and the core competencies of health promotion.
Course Content

1.       Terms and concepts
2.       Health promotion in Canada
    2.1.    History and context of health promotion in Canada
    2.2.    Relationship between health promotion and population health
    2.3.    Social determinants of health
    2.4.    The healthy cities and communities approach
3.       Models and theories
   3.1.    Systems approach
   3.2.    Social theory
   3.3.    Ecological model
4.      Behaviour change/interventions
  4.1.    Behavioural theory
  4.2.    Opportunities and challenges of a behaviour change approach
5.      Health equity
  5.1.    Issues in healthy equity
  5.2.    Indigenous community health promotion
  5.3.    Health literacy
  5.4.    Ethics in health promotion
6.       Planning a health promotion program
  6.1.    Entry points for intervention
  6.2.    Conducting a needs assessment
  6.3.    Measurement and sampling
  6.4.    Special topics (e.g., focusing on built environment)
7.       Implementing a health promotion program
  7.1.    Developing a community of practice
  7.2.    Program implementation
  7.3.    Partnership and resources
  7.4.    Social marketing
8.       Evaluating health promotion programs
  8.1.    Goals, objectives, and outcomes
  8.2.    Logic models
  8.3.    Formative, process, outcome, and impact evaluation

Learning Activities

•    Lecture
•    Discussion groups
•    Reading assignments
•    Field observation
•    Online discussion groups

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will present a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on the following:

Quizzes                          5-30%

Health Fair Project          0-30%

Health Promotion Project 5-20%

Personal Reflection         0-20%

Presentations                 0-30%

Learning Outcomes

Following successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.    Accurately define and discuss health, wellness, health education, and health promotion.
2.    Describe and discuss the primary determinants of health, behaviour and health behaviour change.
3.    Critically explore the concepts and theories of health promotion.
4.    Critically analyze health promotion approaches in health, social, and systems contexts.
5.    Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of research and evaluation in health promotion.
6.    Devise a health promotion intervention and an appropriate evaluation.
7.    Describe how vital statistics and epidemiological data are used for assessment and planning of health education and promotion.

Textbook Materials

Consult with the Douglas College Bookstore for the latest required textbooks and materials. A list of recommended textbooks and materials is provided on the Instructor’s Course Outline, which is available to students at the beginning of each semester.  

Example textbooks and materials include:

•    Pederson, A. P., Rootman, I., Frohlich, K. L., & Dupéré, S. (current edition). Health promotion in Canada: new perspectives on theory, practice, policy, and research. Canadian Scholars.
•    Cross, R. (current edition). Health promotion: global principles and practice. CABI.


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

These are for current course guidelines only. For a full list of archived courses please see

Institution Transfer Details for SPSC 3203
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PHED 2XXX (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC HHSC 1XX (3)
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV KPE 2XX (3)
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 2XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Summer 2023