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Health, Behavior and Society

Course Offerings

Courses that will be offered during the 2016 Health, Behavior and Society Summer Institute are listed below.

A New View: Improving Public Health through Innovative Social and Behavioral Tools and Approaches

Paul Gaist
June 20-23, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
4 credits

Emphasizes real world integrative thinking, tools, and solutions in the pursuit of improving public health in the U.S. and internationally. Presents a global, multifaceted examination of health and illness, exploring the many factors that influence - or even determine - whether we remain healthy or become ill. Using biopsychosocial and environmental/ecological perspectives, explores the most prevalent diseases and health challenges confronting us today. Presents emerging views of health and illness being used in research, program and policy arenas. Examines factors such as socioeconomic status, ethnicity, stress, stigma, social support, coping, and politico-cultural influences through an array of contemporary issues, including: obesity, HIV/AIDS, women's health, bioterrorism, environmental public health, mental health and others. Presents innovative social and behavioral perspectives, tools and approaches.

Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Michelle Kaufman
June 6-17, 2016
1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
4 credits

Lectures, readings, and small group discussions examine the impact of social and behavioral factors on health and what can be done to influence them. The first half covers major social factors influencing health and behavior; the second outlines modes of interventions used in the prevention of disease and injury at a variety of levels.

Knowledge Management for Public Health in Low and Middle Income Countries

Tara Sullivan
Piers Bocock
June 14-16, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
3 credits
Offered at the Washington, D.C. center, 1717 Massachusettes Avenue NW. 

Introduces participants to and demystifies jargon behind Knowledge Management (KM), an intentional process that includes capturing, storing, organizing, and exchanging knowledge to better inform decision-making and to improve public health outcomes. In the context of public health, introduces KM as a systematic approach to ensure that the latest research is accessible and applied to public health practice. Emphasizes application of KM theory, principles and methods to public health. Presents multi-disciplinary roots of KM, including organizational behavior, information technology, change management, communication, and sociology. Demonstrates how KM can be applied to strengthen public health systems. Explains how to maximize knowledge assets to reach public health objectives. Examines application of KM to public health programs through lectures, case studies, presentations, and discussion.

Introduction to Qualitative Research methods

Katherine Clegg Smith
June 20-22, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
3 credits

Introduces students to qualitative research methods applied to the investigation of public health issues. Explores the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research, factors that influence the utility of a qualitative approach, and ethical considerations in qualitative research. Focuses on the qualitative interview and provides an overview of the practical skills and tools required for conducting qualitative interviews and analyzing qualitative data.

Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis for Public Health

Katherine Clegg Smith
Jill Owczarzak
June 23-24, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2 credits

Introduces students to the analysis of interview and focus group data collected as part of qualitative public health research. Explores distinct analytic approaches and traditions, and compares the strengths and weaknesses of different analytic paradigms for different research questions. Introduces computer software for coding and managing data using freely available online demonstration of various software packages. Presents both theoretical and practical dimensions of qualitative data analysis. Emphasizes hands-on learning activities within the classroom to practice and apply concepts learned through readings, lectures, and discussion. Develops skills to conceptualize an analytic plan for qualitative data for future research.