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P231/06 Complex interventions addressing health behaviour change on multiple levels

ECTS: 2.10
Responsible: Helle Terkildsen Maindal
Secretary: Thilde Møller Risgaard
Application deadline: 9-9-2019

Title: Complex interventions addressing health behaviour change on multiple levels

no: P231/06

is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, fall 2019.

Criteria for participation: University degree in Public Health science, sport sciences, medicine, nursing or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows

Aim: The aim of this course is to introduce theories and frameworks for designing and mapping public health interventions targeted health behavior.

Learning outcomes: 

Contents: The course participants will gain an insight into theoretical models used in relation to developing and mapping of complex interventions in everyday practice. The participants will gain experience to recognize and adopt appropriate methods systematically based on a sound understanding of mechanisms of behavior change. Furthermore, the course outline is based on socio-ecological models to increase awareness of a holistic orientation regarding developing and mapping of health programs. The course introduction will focus on defining health behaviour interventions and logic models, to establish a common language, before introducing development perspectives in complex interventions. The participants will gain insight into approaches to modelling intervention processes and outcome. A brief introduction to evaluation of complex interventions will be presented. An additional course in spring 2020 will cover in-depth approaches to evaluation of complex interventions.

Teaching method will be lectures and a high level of interaction with participants’ presenting their own practical examples of interventions. To a certain extent, the participants may anticipate peer-feedback. Preparatory work are expected through forwarding a personal example of research idea, which will be develop on throughout the course. Furthermore, preparatory reading is required. Concrete examples, methods and techniques will be taught in the course, aiming to provide a toolbox to the participant at the end of the course. Student driven workshops will also be part of the program, developing on provided examples.

Preparation: The students will be send a reference list in advance. The following book will be central: Richards, DA and Hallberg IR. Complex interventions in health: An overview of research methods. 1st ed. London: Routledge; 2015.

Language: English

ECTS: 2.1

Head of course: Knud Ryom and Lena Hohwü

Instructors: Teaching will be delivered by experts in the field of public health interventions development and evaluation, including Professor Helle Terkildsen Maindal (programme lead for Health Promotion and Intervention Research), researchers; Knud Ryom (Health promotion and Sports Science), Lena Hohwü (Health Science), guest lecturer Rhiannon Evans (Senior Lecturer in Social Science and Health, Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Public Health Interventions, Cardiff University, UK).

Number of Participants:  max 24

Dates and times: 7-9 October 2019, from approx. 8:30-16:00

Place: Preben Hornung stuen, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C

Course fee: DKK 2520

Participation in the course is without cost for:

Application deadline: 9 September 2019