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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Michelle Kaufman
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:
  • Michelle Kaufman

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 socio-ecological perspective to health problems
Display basic literacy with key concepts of social and behavioral aspects of public health: culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, poverty/disparities, factors related to individual behavior change, community empowerment and structural policy change
Demonstrate empathy for and a collaborative stance toward populations with whom one will work in the field of public 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 06/02/2014 - Fri 06/13/2014
  • June 2-6 and 9-13, 2014; 1:30-5:00 PM

  • 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