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Health Behavior and Society
3rd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday,  8:30 - 10:20am

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Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
David Holtgrave
Course Instructor:

Examines how behavioral research (especially intervention research) is used, and not used, by policy makers and program administrators to determine what public health services are delivered. Defines the major types of decisions made in determining services to deliver in public health programs and major decision analytic methods used to aid these selections. Types of decisions include (1) how much to invest in service for one disease area relative to another, (2) determining if an intervention is affordable for large-scale delivery, and (3) choosing how much to invest in each of several different types of services within one disease area. Methods include decision tree analysis, cost analysis, and cost-utility analysis.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. identify key decisions that must be made in determining what interventions to use in applied public health programs,
  2. identify the roles behavioral research can play in informing this decision making,
  3. identify ways to make behavioral research more applicable to to this decision making,
  4. identify key decision analytic and economic evaluation methods that can be used to aid policy makers and program administrators who must make these decisions,
  5. describe the ways in which each of the decision analytic methods has been used (or failed to be used) in a real public health policy situation,
  6. apply the methods to a public health area of interest to the learner
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on exams, homework, course project and presentation

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for MHS students

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Special Comments:

Grade for 410.721 submitted upon completion of 410.722.