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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 Williams
Course Instructor:

Identifies 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 family, school, neighborhood, church, and media on adolescent health and well-being. Examines empirical work to consider the role of context in prevention and interventions aimed at adolescents.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the social determinants of adolescent health and development
  2. Describe how interpersonal, intrapersonal and environmental factors interact to shape trajectories of development and well-being throughout adolescence
  3. Explain the role of contextual factors in shaping adolescent health and development
  4. Evaluate the science relevant to contemporary issues in adolescent health
  5. Integrate contextual factors into public heath prevention and intervention strategies aimed at adolescents
Methods of Assessment:

Your evaluation in this course will be based on weekly class discussions, two written assignments (i.e., commentary and reflection paper), as well as the preparation and participation in one class debate. All written assignments should be submitted via the Course Drop Box for the appropriate assignment. If you encounter problems submitting your assignment with the Drop Box, email your assignment to the instructor before the deadline. Late assignments WILL NOT be accepted.

Enrollment Restriction:

Masters, Doctoral and Adolescent Health Certificate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required