6 Key Components of Effective Online Health Promotion Programs
Skills - Sponsored by Creighton University
Kristine Fish, PhD
Professor, Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
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Without a doubt, online education is booming! The steady increase of online course offerings in higher education over the last several years is evidence that something is working. Not surprisingly, the increase in online community and worksite health promotion programs mirrors that of online courses in higher education. But just as there are tremendously effective online programs, there are not-so-effective online programs. What sets apart great online health promotion programs from the not-so great online programs? Maximizing awareness, motivation, and skills for behavior change within an online environment is similar in some ways to traditional face-to-face programs, but very different in other ways. Come find out six critical elements of making online health promotion programs work!
Dr. Kristine Fish is a Professor in the Kinesiology and Health Promotion Department in the College of Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). She was one of the first faculty at Cal Poly Pomona to offer online classes and has taught online courses at the university level since 1999. She is the creator of the largest online course on campus, Stress Management for Healthy Living and has created several additional online courses such as Personal Health, Consumer Health, and School Health Education. Several of Dr. Fish’s online courses have been adopted into the Course Match Program within the California State University (CSU) System, which allows students at all 23 campuses throughout California to enroll in her online courses. Throughout her career, Dr. Fish has focused on health education and online learning. Her research interests are in the area of stress management and factors that enhance learning within an online environment. Dr. Fish has authored a stress management textbook, CD, workbook and several journal articles pertaining to online learning and stress management and has given numerous stress management workshops and presentations at the national and international levels. She is co-director of the Mind & Heart Research Lab for Integrated Wellbeing at Cal Poly Pomona, a psychophysiology laboratory dedicated to studying stress and heart rate coherence. Also, Dr. Fish is co-owner of StressX, LLC, a stress management company devoted to providing online stress management education and training to groups and individuals within worksite, community, and educational settings. As part of her work with the Mind & Heart Lab and StressX, she designs and produces tailored-made online stress management and emotional resilience programs. She holds a BS and MS in Health Science from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Health Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.