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Department: Epidemiology
Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: David Celentano
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Students learn to apply social epidemiologic concepts, introduced through weekly online lectures and readings, through the use of discussions, group activities, case studies and labs. Prepares students to understand and appreciate the contribution of social factors to disease etiology, course and the distribution of states of health in populations. After reviewing the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of social epidemiology from an historical perspective, focuses on the scientific findings in the field from the 1970s until today. The influence of social context on behavior is well-known, and forms the backbone for most health promotion interventions; we focus initially on how the social environment influences behavior, by shaping norms, reinforcing social control, providing environmental opportunity, and coping strategies.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the historical and theoretical underpinnings of the field of social epidemiology and Discuss the major unsolved issues confronting the field
Demonstrate the quality and limitations of measurement of key social conditions influencing health and illness of populations
Distinguish between psychological (individual-based) approaches to Discussing health disparities from the social perspective (community-based), and demonstrate how the empirical literature critically supports these differences for a particular health or disease state.
Operate within and facilitate a discussion group format

Methods of Assessment: Group assignments (40%), online lecture quizzes (25%), participation and peer evaluation (20%) and individual assignment (15%)
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 10:30 - 11:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Instructor Consent: No consent required

340.751 or 340.601 or equivalent. Students must complete Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. prior to enrolling in this course.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Course is a modified blended course. Students are expected to prepare, listen and read materials PRIOR to the class meetings. It is critical that students participate in the online lectures and readings in order to be prepared for the class meetings.
Frequency Schedule: Every Other Year
Next Offered: 2015-2016