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Term: Winter Inst. term
Credits: 4 credits
Contact: Rimal, Rajiv
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Readings, lectures, discussions, and exercises prepare students to apply selected social-psychological and health communication theories and research to the development of effective health messages. Emphasizes critical thinking skills in analyzing core elements of persuasive communication and the applicability of social science theory to health campaigns. Also emphasizes theory. It is designed with the old adage that there is nothing more practical than a good theory. Although the application of theory in designing effective messages is an important element of the course, the primary focus is on understanding various theoretical approaches to effective message design, cognitive processing, and attitude change.

Learning Objective(s):

After successfully completing this course, students should be able to (l) identify primary persuasive communication strategies used for promoting attitude change, (2) identify and select appropriate theories of health behavior change for use in interventions, and (3) design theoretically based persuasive messages for promoting health behavior change.

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on an exam, a short paper, and a final project. The final project will be due one month after the end of the Winter Institute.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Mon 01/07/2013 - Fri 01/18/2013
  • 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
Enrollment Maximum: 55
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail