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380.725.01 The Social Context of Adolescent Health and Development

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
4th term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Terri Powell
Course Instructor:

Recognizes the social ecological model as a tool to understand adolescent health, principally focusing on the interpersonal, organizational and community levels of influence. Explores the influences of specific contexts, such as the families, schools, and neighborhoods, on adolescent health and well-being. Examines empirical work to consider the role of context in prevention and interventions aimed at adolescents. Integrates service-learning opportunities with traditional learning pedagogies to address adolescent health.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the social determinants of adolescent health and development
  2. Explain the role of contextual factors in shaping adolescent health and development
  3. Demonstrate effective communication and presentation skills with diverse audiences
  4. Collaborate with youth and key stakeholders to promote adolescent health
  5. Use community level data to integrate contextual factors into health promotion strategies for adolescents
Methods of Assessment:

Your evaluation in this course will be based on a service learning project with high school students (50%), two written reflections (30%) and a group debate (20%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Masters, Doctoral and Adolescent Health Certificate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students team up with high school students from ACCE High School to examine neighborhood factors related to adolescent health. Students are required to meet their high school teammates at ACCE five times throughout the term (Weds, 3-5p) to collaboratively plan, conduct data analysis, and produce a final report. Students are responsible for transportation. ACCE is located at 2801 St. Lo Drive (near North Ave and Washington St).