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Term: 4th term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Amy Knowlton
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructors:

Addresses social approaches to promoting sustained adherence to health regimens among persons living with chronic conditions. Addresses prescribed use of medications, lifestyle changes, and retention in healthcare over time among persons living with HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and other chronic conditions. Enables students to: (1) assess adherence to health regimens, (2) identify correlates of adherence at the individual, interpersonal, and social network levels, and (3) assess major approaches and components of medical adherence interventions, and their linkage to theories of behavior change. Explores social factors impacting vulnerable populations’ medical adherence and health disparities, drawing examples from both domestic and international contexts.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Assess medical adherence among persons living with specific chronic health conditions
Describe a social ecological framework of health regimen adherence, including influences at the individual, dyadic (patient-formal caregiver and patient-informal caregiver relationship), and social network levels.
Identify correlates to medical adherence at the individual, dyadic, and social network levels
Identify theory-based components of adherence interventions for various populations or health conditions

Methods of Assessment: Journal article critique (individual assignment), proposed intervention & evaluation (small group assignment), oral presentation of group project, and class participation
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday 1:30 - 4:20
Enrollment Minimum: 7
Enrollment Restriction: Graduate students
Instructor Consent: No consent required
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail