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Introduction to Health Behaviors: A Guide for Managers, Practitioners & Educators, 1st Edition

  • Marietta Orlowski
  • ISBN-10: 1285172620
  • ISBN-13: 9781285172620
  • 400 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH BEHAVIORS: A GUIDE FOR MANAGERS, PRACTITIONERS & EDUCATORS is written specifically for professionals new to health behavior theory and challenged to shape the health behaviors of others. With its unique applied approach to learning theoretical constructs, INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH BEHAVIORS changes the way learners think and behave in relationship to planning health promotion programs. This text introduces theory as a foundation of deep factual knowledge that is then synthesized and built upon in ways that help students understand the relationships between behaviors and health, antecedents and behaviors, and interventions and antecedents. An innovative chapter on the PER Worksheet, a tool that combines the eight most popular health behavior theories into one framework, teaches learners how to organize facts across the different theories as well as incorporate future knowledge. INTRODUCTION TO HEALTH BEHAVIORS t also offers comprehensive coverage of topics such as determinants of population health status, logic models and how both theory and models are useful for designing multi-level interventions of change.


  • Takes an applied approach to health behavior and health behavior theory that is successful in creating a platform for current and future work.

  • The broad scope of health behavior examples from across health care, public and worksite settings includes The Big 4 (tobacco, healthy eating, physical activity, alcohol), breastfeeding, immunizations, sexual practices, intentional violence and more.

  • A unique chapter on the PER Worksheet, a tool that combines the eight most popular health behavior theories into one framework with layman terms, walks learners through similar theoretical constructs and how to create generalized concepts of behavioral antecedents. This framework becomes a method to organize the facts across the different theories as well as incorporate future knowledge.

  • Each chapter begins with an "In the news…" feature that links chapter concepts to everyday practice. Chapters conclude with hands-on "In the classroom" activities that encourage application of newly learned concepts to real-world practice.

  • Each chapter uses behavioral examples to demonstrate the principles or constructs introduced. Examples are carried throughout the chapter to ensure the theory is processed completely.

  • Behavioral Science in Action boxes in each chapter describe one social science topic that relates to the chapter topic, such as the Framingham Heart Study and the process for developing behavioral recommendations.

  • In the final text chapter, a timely case study on infant mortality applies chapter content into one comprehensive example that uses 2012-2013 national and state data.


"This [text] combines program planning aspects with theoretical foundations and builds a very good synergy of integrating theories in planning."
— Dr. Amar Kanekar, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Little Rock, AR

About the Author

Marietta Orlowski

Marietta Orlowski, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Wright State University in the Boonshoft School of Medicine and serves as the health promotion and education program advisor in the Master of Public Health Program. Her current work involves health behavior measurement and risk reduction in children and adolescents, and she has developed both undergraduate and graduate courses in the theoretical foundations of health behaviors and program planning. In 2005 she received the Wright State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Early Career Achievement and in 2010 she was honored as Outstanding Faculty Member in the MPH program. In addition to serving as co-principal investigator on multiple federally funded projects to improve the nutrition and activity behaviors of school children, Dr. Orlowski has presented her research on tobacco prevention at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention as well as served as an evaluator for Team Nutrition projects. Prior to joining Wright State, she worked for a regional health care system and implemented community-based risk reduction programs throughout southwest Ohio. Her work as a practitioner and with current public health practitioners greatly influences her teachings in health behavior and health program planning.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Disease Prevention.
2. What is a Health Behavior?
3. Social Determinants of Health.
4. Health Behavior Theory and Social Ecological Models.
5. Intrapersonal Theories.
6. Interpersonal Theories.
7. Community, Organization & Policy Factors.
8. Integrating Health Behavior Theories & Building a Theoretical Model.
9. Outcome Logic Models: The Picture of Program Planning & Evaluation.
10. Implementing Theory-based Interventions.
11. Infant Mortality.


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