Week 1 Essay:

Review the TTM, Health Belief Model, and TPB (models/theories from our week 1 readings).

Of the three models, which would be most appropriate for addressing the concern of rising HIV rates among African American women?

Defend your answer by discussing the constructs of the model that best addresses this population.

Make sure you read and understand the directions and requirements for each Assignment. Please ensure you cite your references in APA format with a minimum of 3 references (You may use your textbook as a reference, and you should have a minimum of 2 academic outside references).  Assignment will be graded based on the following areas: Foundation and synthesis of knowledge, application of knowledge critical thinking, writing skills, and organization of ideas and format.  Refer to Library Online Resource Center for any research assistance.  Refer to the Student Handbook for policies relevant to academic honesty and other procedures and policies related to this course.

Week 1 Discussion: Which Theory is Best?

This week, you will be introduced to different socio-behavioral theories of change. Please select 2-3 theories, compare and contrast based on each theory’s relevance to a specific public health topic of your choice, pick the best theory and provide your rationale for selection.

For example, you can select healthy eating as a public health topic. Of the theories discussed this week, which 2-3 are most applicable to promoting healthy eating? Of these theories, which would you select as the most appropriate and why?

Topic: Healthy Eating

Theories to compare: Health Belief Model, Transtheoretical Model, Theory of Planned Behavior

Selected theory: Health Belief Model

Rationale/Why: [Evidence from scholarly literature]

Initial responses should be no less than 450 words in length not including your reference(s) and supported by at least two references (aside from the textbook)

Please be aware that just “cutting and pasting” sections of articles (in lieu of writing an original initial post) is not acceptable and will negatively impact your grade.

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