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410.680.01 Social Ecological Approaches to Health Regimen Adherence in Chronic Conditions

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Amy Knowlton
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 Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess medical adherence among persons living with specific chronic health conditions
  2. 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.
  3. Identify correlates to medical adherence at the individual, dyadic, and social network levels
  4. 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

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required