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Behaviour Change

Applying behaviour change theories and techniques to facilitate healthy lifestyle interventions.

Many health practioners working with individuals to facilitate healthy lifestyle behaviours, or to reduce harmful ones, experience suboptimal outcomes.  They are not alone, a look at national statistics shows that some attempts at health campaigns are just not working, e.g. only 28% of adults are eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables per day – this despite the well-publicised importance of ‘5 a day’.

Additional approaches to health interventions are needed and Public Health England has stated:

The Behavioural and social sciences are the future of public health.  Evidence from behavioural science suggest that simple and easy ways of helping people to change their behaviour are the most effective

This practical course is aimed at professional health practitioners and will equip them with the behaviour change knowledge, strategies and insights needed to enhance their communication and influencing skills in clinical and therapeutic settings. This will enhance quality care.

Learners will review the scientific evidence underpinning behaviour change efficacy at masters level, and undertake practical workshops where they will develop and enhance their applied behaviour change strategies and techniques. This 20-credit, Master's-level (Level 7) course will benefit anyone working on health or well-being interventions with individuals.

This course is a module on the MSc Chronic Disease Management; any credit gained on this course can be counted towards the Master's degree.

Dates and Times

This four day online course will run from 9.30am - 4.30pm on: 

  • 20th - 23rd September 2022


The full cost of this four day course is £900.

St Mary's University alumni receive a 20% discount.


This intensive online course will be delivered in the format of lectures and workshops.

This course covers Behaviour Change Theory, Behaviour Change Techniques, Health Psychology in Practice, studies and contains several practical communications workshops. Students will learn to apply behaviour change theory to case studies and reflect on and develop their own communication style.

Lead Tutor

Dr Anne Majumdar - Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Chronic Diease Management

Anne is the Programme Director for MSc Chronic Disease Management and teaches across three programmes. She is the Research Director of the Centre for Applied Social and Health Research. As an HCPC registered dietitian Anne has a strong interest in teaching and research related to best practise in a clinical setting.

Other tutors include:

  • Dr Kyriaki Myrissa, Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Health and Exercise Science
  • Dr Kate Lawrence, Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Other invited guest speakers.


  • 2:2 honours degree or above from a UK university in a relevant subject e.g. applied health degrees (such as nursing, medicine or allied health), nutrition, biosciences, health and exercise science or social science
  • Evidence of recent academic study - or a period of professional experience with responsibilities in a relevant field
  • Without appropriate evidence, such as a degree certificate, you will not be eligible for this course


This course will be assessed through a work-related case study including a reflective written piece, as well as a presentation. The assessment will take place within one month of the end of the course, depending on case-study scenarios.


Upon successful assessment, learners will be awarded 20 Master's-level (Level 7) academic credits. Credits may be transferred onto existing masters degrees at St Mary’s University.

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For more information about this course please contact the Short Courses team:
Tel: 020 8240 4321