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Department: International Health
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Peter Winch
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Provides students with conceptual tools to analyze health-related behaviors and the social, cultural and environmental context in which they occur. Applies concepts and theories drawn from medical anthropology, psychology and sociology to programmatic examples from Latin America, Africa and Asia concerning care-seeking, treatment of sick children, insecticide-treated mosquito nets, voluntary counseling and testing, sexual risk behaviors, intimate partner violence and other behavior change challenges in public health.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
describe conceptual tools drawn from medical anthropology pertinent to design of behavior change interventions including standards of efficacy, illness taxonomies, illness etiology, levels of causality, meanings of medication, public and private domains,
identify and map the key components of common models of health behavior change at the individual level, and difficulties encountered when trying to apply them in different cultural contexts
describe psychological and anthropological perspectives on risk perceptions, and models of diffusion of innovations and influence of the mass media and apply to specific case studies
be familiar with basic terminology for describing households, kinship systems, communities and social capital and identify their significance for public health interventions
Discuss the basic components of the intervention modalities, including Social Marketing, Peer Education, Counseling, Harm Reduction, Diffusion of Innovation, and Community Mobilization
integrate the major theories covered in class with the various interventions modalities presented
apply appropriate combinations of theoretically based intervention modalities to case studies

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation is based on five 2-page discussion papers based on issues raised in discussion groups, and a final written assignment
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 8:30 - 10:20
  • Thursday 8:30 - 10:20
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Restriction: No enrollment restrictions
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail