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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: William Klein
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructor:

Provides a foundation in cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes underlying judgment and decision making in a variety of health contexts. Focuses on antecedents and consequences of adaptive and maladaptive health judgments and decisions, with particular attention to risk perception and communication, application of decisional heuristics, and personal beliefs underlying health decisions. Considers how people make decisions, how they respond to health information, and how they mentally represent illness, as well as how health teams make decisions. Prepares students to apply basic research on health judgment and decision-making to effective genetic counseling and other applied settings.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Identify key assumptions of normative and descriptive decision-making
Explain how human emotions and motives influence health judgments and decisions
Develop risk communication modalities that build on extant research on risk perception and risk communication
Apply the principles taught in the course to a specific research or clinical domain.

Methods of Assessment: 50% research paper, 20% participation in class discussion, 20% performance as discussion leader, 10% presentation of published paper to class
Location: NIH - Bethesda, MD
Class Times:
  • Friday 9:00 - 10:50
Enrollment Minimum: 5
Enrollment Maximum: 50
Enrollment Restriction: No undergraduates
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Required for students other than ScM in Genetic Counseling students

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
  • NIH