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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: David Jernigan
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Lectures, readings and small group discussions examine the impact of social and behavioral factors on health and what can be done to influence them. The first half covers major social factors influencing health and behavior; the second outlines modes of interventions used in the prevention of disease and injury at a variety of levels.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Recognize the role of social and behavioral factors in shaping global mortality and morbidity
Apply an ecological perspective to health problems
Display basic literacy with key concepts of a social and behavioral approach to public health, including culture, race/ethnicity, gender, poverty/disparities, factors related to individual behavior change, community empowerment and structural policy change
Identify and critique individual versus environmental approaches to health
Make a case for the importance of focusing on social and behavioral factors as part of a comprehensive public health strategy

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on a take-home midterm and a final paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 06/04/2012 - Fri 06/15/2012
  • June 4-8 and 11-15, 2012 - 1:30-5:00 p.m.

  • Monday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Wednesday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Thursday 1:30 - 5:00
  • Friday 1:30 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail