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Term: 2nd term
Contact: Lawrence Cheskin
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Focuses on the practical application of principles from communication, behavioral, social science, and psychological theories in a clinical setting. Enables students to work directly with patients of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center (JHWMC) to promote behavior change in the areas of diet and fitness. Integrates theoretical concepts with practical clinical applications, and presents students the opportunity to work in a team setting with healthcare practitioners.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Describe the complex mechanisms underlying the obesity epidemic
Identify the interventions commonly employed to treat obesity in clinical settings
Assess standard (USDA) nutrition and physical activity recommendations for weight management
Identify psychosocial and psychological factors that impact behavior change
Describe cognitive-behavioral strategies to elicit change in patients
Apply principles from communication, behavioral, social science, and psychological theories to encourage health behavior change in others
Apply motivational interviewing (MI) theory and techniques
Evaluate the evidence regarding the efficacy of MI techniques for weight loss
Perform clinical practice skills such as reflective listening, empathy, barriers assessment, eliciting change talk, and goal setting

Methods of Assessment: Written assignments (4-8 mock clinical progress notes at 1-2 pages each, three 2-3 page reflection papers) - 40%; attendance and participation - 30%; clinical mentor evaluation - 30%
Location: East Baltimore
Enrollment Minimum: 1
Enrollment Maximum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent required for students who have not completed the prerequisite

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Offered in all four terms; first offered in 2nd term 13-14