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410.657.01 Communication Strategies for Sexual Risk Reduction

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:

140.621 and 140.622 or equivalent


Focuses on strengthening students’ understanding of sexual risk-taking and provides a solid foundation in communication strategies for sexual risk-reduction from an international perspective. The literature and examples emphasize HIV and STI risk reduction. Adopts a seminar format and consists of readings, discussions, presentations, video viewing, case studies, and critiques of literature on sexual risk-taking and protective behaviors. Includes hands-on analyses and interpretation of empirical data on sexual risk-taking and development of a communication strategy.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Critique leading theories and models of sexual risk reduction from a communication perspective
  2. Compare the antecedents of sexual risk-taking in adolescence and adulthood
  3. Identify the characteristics of effective sexual risk-reduction communication strategies
  4. Analyze empirical data on sexual risk-taking
  5. Develop a strategy for sexual risk-reduction
Methods of Assessment:

Written assignments and class participation.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required