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Health Behavior and Society
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  5:00 - 8:00pm

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

Expands students’ understanding of the role of behavioral sciences theories and methods in addressing the public health problem of injury. Both unintentional and intentional injuries have been the focus of a considerable body of behavioral science research and behavior change interventions. Students read and discuss selected examples of this work and enhance their skills in applying behavioral science theory and methods to research and practice in an injury area of interest to them. Topics include: historical overview of behavior and injury; behavioral risk factors, and examples of behavior change approaches to selected injury and violence problems; risk perceptions and their role in communicating about injury and violence prevention; and the application of specific theories (e.g., diffusion of innovations, community mobilization, stages of change) to a range of injury problems.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the role of behavioral sciences and behavior change within a comprehensive approach to preventing unintentional injury and violence
  2. Critically examine the breadth of work that has been done applying behavioral science theory to the problems of injury and violence
  3. Apply concepts from behavioral sciences to designing injury prevention programs and/or research to address an injury or violence problem
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation and final paper.

Enrollment Restriction:

Undergraduate students are not eligible for enrollment

Instructor Consent:

No consent required