Behaviour Change Interventions: Introductory Principles and Practice
13 December 2021
The Centre for Behaviour Change has launched a new four week online short course in behaviour change! Explore behaviour change frameworks, and how they can be used to enable behaviour change in yourself and others.
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Learn how to change important behaviours in your personal or professional life
People all over the world are facing multiple serious threats to their well-being. From global warming to the burden of chronic disease, there is a need for different disciplines and professionals to work together towards a common purpose of helping people to behave differently.
On this course, you’ll be supported to think about problems in terms of behaviours and apply principles and practices that can enable change.
Discover why behavioural science is important
Using frameworks based on behavioural science, you’ll learn a systematic method for developing interventions.
You’ll consider how to define a behaviour, and then see how to distinguish behaviours from what influences them and the outcomes they lead to.
Explore behaviour change tools
You’ll be introduced to three behavioural science tools, understand how they link together, and how they can be applied. You will also learn how to select key behaviours from a ‘system’ of behaviours.
As you find out how to think about behaviours in their context, you’ll conduct a ‘behavioural diagnosis’ to understand what influences them, and develop appropriate intervention strategies.
To understand behaviours and design interventions to change them, you will become familiar with the Capability Opportunity Motivation – Behaviour (COM-B) model, the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW), and the Behaviour Change Techniques Taxonomy (BCTT).
From behavioural science interventions to policies
Behavioural science experts at UCL will guide you through different types of behaviour change intervention and related policy options.
You’ll leave this course understanding key principles and practices of behaviour change. You’ll learn how to apply these to the problems you want to tackle and emerge confident about how to change behaviours for the better.
Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
Identify potential targets for behaviour change.
Describe a specific behavioural problem in terms of what needs to change: capability, opportunity and/or motivation and use the COM-B model to describe the influences on a target behaviour.
Apply the Behaviour Change Wheel to develop strategies for behaviour change.
Evaluate and select specific Behaviour Change Techniques within those strategies.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for learners who would like an entry-level understanding of behaviour change. If you want to know more about behaviour and how to change it to create a healthy and happy population, and a sustainable world, this course is for you.
Who will you learn with?
Dr. Danielle D'Lima is Senior Teaching Fellow at the Centre for Behaviour Change, University College London. Her background is in Health Psychology and Implementation Science.
Susan Michie, FMedSci, FAcSS, FBA is Professor of Health Psychology and Director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London. She is co-Director of UCL’s MSc in Behaviour Change.
Dr. Paul Chadwick is an Associate Professor at the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change where he works on the development of interdisciplinary approaches to behaviour change
Lecturer, researcher and consultant in behavioural science with a specialism in digital health interventions.
Australasian Hub lead for UCL Centre for Behaviour Change
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The first run of this course starts on 10th January 2022.