Health Promotion and Health Behavior: A Global Perspective

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Lancaster
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 3 - Salvador - Friday, 14 November | Brazil Download Syllabus

This course focuses on evidence-based knowledge, focused observation and personal self-analysis of behaviors that promote health. During the course, students will examine social, behavioral and environmental aspects of health and examine the relationship between health behavior and the community and the society in which people live. The major theme in health promotion is change. While the content will focus on health promotion, students will apply the concepts to making change in their lives and considering the challenges that all people have in making change. Students will review key theories and evidence related to health promotion and the practice of healthy behaviors and make focused observations of the behaviors of children and adults that support health in three designated ports during the voyage. Students will also engage in a Personal Health Promotion Project during the voyage in order to learn more about their personal responsibility to their health.

Field Work

Country: Brazil
Day: 3 - Salvador - Friday, 14 November

Thefield lab will be November 14, 2014, in Salvador on the last day in Brazil. Salvador is the third largest city in Brazil and was settled in 1549 by the Portuguese. It is known for its cuisine, music and architecture. Salvador is located on the northeast coast of Brazil and is the capital of the state of Bahia. It is home to many universities including the Federal University of Bahia, which began in 1808 with a school of surgery. It is now a University that includes a wide range of programs and areas of study. The goal of the field lab is to examine health promotion behaviors in Salvador and compare what is observed to practices in which students engage in their home country.  Students will observe the nutritional and exercise practices of local people in Salvador and identify the facilitators and barriers to practicing health promotion. Academic Objectives: 1. Observe the options available for people who live in Salvador to engage in health promoting behaviors. 2.  Differentiate among groups regarding their capacity to engage in health promoting behaviors and the barriers that people from different socioeconomic groups might face. 3.  Evaluate the barriers and challenges that people in Salvador have in regularly engaging in health promoting behaviors and compare those barriers and challenges to their own.