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Guide to selected resources in Public Health.

Definitions and overview

Health Behavior Theory

Theories covered include: 

  • Health Belief Model
  • Stages of Change Model
  • Theory of Planned Behavior
  • Social Cognitive Theory
  • Community Organization
  • Diffusion of Innovations
  • Communication Theory
  • ... and more

Planning models including Social Marketing and PRECEDE PROCEED are also summarized in this document.


You can find more on the health behavior theories in the Encyclopedia of Public Health. It can be accessed online by clicking on the View online button from the book record in the catalog.

Once you are in the online book, search within the encyclopedia by typing any of the following health behavior theories listed above.

Health Behavior Theory Print Books