Original Article

Effects of health promotion courses on development of healthy lifestyle behaviours and e-health literacy in nursing


  • Sabahat Coşkun
  • Hatice Bebiş

Received Date: 11.10.2018 Accepted Date: 29.12.2018 Gulhane Med J 2019;61(2):52-58


The aim of this study is to determine the effects of Health Promotion courses on development of healthy lifestyle behaviors and e-Health literacy in nursing students.


Between December 2015 and April 2016, this quasi-experimental study was conducted with 133 students taking a Health Promotion course in the nursing department of a university. The data were collected by pre-test and post-test questionnaires. 12 weeks after baseline assessment, change in the healthy lifestyle behaviors and e-Health literacy was determined.


Mean participant age was 19.05±0.28 years (min=18, max=20), and 92.5% of the students were female. After the course, students achieved higher scores in the e-Health Literacy Scale (before= 27.09±4.48; after= 30.16±4.28), Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile overall score (before= 137.75±17.09; after= 145.07±20.70) and all of its subscales; this increase was statistically significant in all subscales except Self-Actualization (before= 41.34±5.18; after= 41.37±5.99), Interpersonal Support (before= 22.01±3.30; after= 22.44±3.23) and Stress Management (before= 20.81±2.83; after= 20.92±3.48) subscales (p<0.05). A weak (r=0.294) and statistically significant (p=0.001) positive correlation was found between the final eHealth Literacy scores and Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile scores of the students.


In conclusion, the Health Promotion course has contributed positively to development of healthy lifestyle behaviours in nursing students. The course also imparted increase of e-Health literacy.

Keywords: Health literacy, healthy lifestyle, health promotion, student nurses