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Term: 1st term
Credits: 4 credits
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructors:

Introduces students to socio-ecologic perspectives of population health outcomes, including the multiple levels of influence on health and health behaviors. Critically discusses socio-economic status, structural factors, culture, race and ethnicity at the macro ecologic level, social factors such as norms, networks, and social capital at the mezzo level, and intrapersonal influences on individual decision-making and behavior at the micro level. Applies these factors to conceptualize health problems and effective public health interventions for individuals, families, communities, and populations. Provides students with skills to apply social and behavioral science principles and methods in their future public health research and practice. Incorporates lectures, readings, discussions, and small group exercises.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the role of social and behavioral theories in explaining health, health behavior, and behavior change, including their application to public health interventions.
Assess how constructs from different social and behavioral theories relate to each other within a socio-ecological perspective and shape understandings of public health problems and their proposed solutions.
Select and apply appropriate theoretical perspectives based on audience characteristics, health issues, and desired behavior change to develop and assess interventions that support health behavior change.
Integrate theoretical frameworks into public health practice.

Methods of Assessment: Evaluation based on mid-term class exam - 25%, two lab assignments - 20% each (40% total), final short paper - 35%
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 3:30 - 5:20
  • Wednesday 3:30 - 5:20
Enrollment Minimum: 20
Enrollment Maximum: 100
Enrollment Restriction: Graduate students
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail