Skip Navigation

Course Catalog

410.616.11 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health

Health Behavior and Society
Summer Inst. term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Mon 06/03/2019 - Fri 06/14/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Michelle Kaufman
Course Instructor :

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.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Recognize the role of social and behavioral factors in shaping global mortality and morbidity
  2. Apply an ecological perspective to health problems
  3. Display basic literacy with key concepts of social and behavioral aspects of public health: culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, poverty/disparities, factors related to individual behavior change, community empowerment and structural policy change
  4. Identify and critque individual versus environmental approaches to health
  5. Make a case for the importance of focusing on social and behavioral factors as part of a comprehensive public health strategy
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on overall participation, a take-home midterm, and a final paper.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required