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Term: 1st term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Katherine Smith
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Presents sociological concepts, paradigms, and theories frequently cited or used as sources of basic ideas and assumptions in contemporary analyses of health behavior and health systems. Discusses the social construction of concepts and theories, especially those that apply to our understanding of health and illness, and the implications of sociological perspectives for public health, including social stratification, deviance, social control, role performance, and stress.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
analyze several theoretical perspectives drawn from the social sciences and how they have been applied to issues of public health
apply each perspective to a public health problem
demonstrate that the perspective one begins with influences the scientific questions analyzed
analyze the policy implications of each perspective

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation will be based on three papers, class participation, and a group presentation.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 3:30 - 4:50
  • Thursday 3:30 - 4:50
Enrollment Minimum: 7
Enrollment Restriction: Undergraduate enrollment restricted to seniors with at least 2 social science courses.
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail