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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Andrea Gielen
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Expands students’ understanding of the role of behavioral sciences theories and methods in addressing the public health problem of injury. Both unintentional and intentional injuries have been the focus of a considerable body of behavioral science research and behavior change interventions. Students read and discuss selected examples of this work and enhance their skills in applying behavioral science theory and methods to research and practice in an injury area of interest to them. Topics include: historical overview of behavior and injury; behavioral risk factors, and examples of behavior change approaches to selected injury and violence problems; risk perceptions and their role in communicating about injury and violence prevention; and the application of specific theories (e.g., diffusion of innovations, community mobilization, stages of change) to a range of injury problems.

Learning Objective(s):

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to: 1. Describe the role of behavioral sciences and behavior change within a comprehensive approach to preventing unintentional injury and violence; 2. Critically examine the breadth of work that has been done applying behavioral science theory to the problems of injury and violence; 3. Apply concepts from behavioral sciences to designing injury prevention programs and/or research to address an injury or violence problem. This course is not an introductory behavioral sciences course. Consistent with the course objectives, the focus is on the application of behavioral sciences theories and principles to specific injury problems. Students will have the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills needed for conducting behavioral research and developing injury prevention interventions.

Methods of Assessment: Class participation and final paper.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday 5:00 - 8:00
Enrollment Minimum: 6
Enrollment Restriction: Undergraduate students are not eligible for enrollment
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail