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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:
2019 - 2020
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, social determinants of health framework and the life course perspective as tools to understand adolescent health. Explores the influences of contexts, such as the families 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 high school youth to develop case studies based on issues relevant to Baltimore adolescents
  5. 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 (60%), two written reflections (30%) and a peer assessment (10%).

Enrollment Restriction:

Masters, Doctoral and Adolescent Health Certificate students only

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students will team up with high school students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School to develop Baltimore-based case studies focused on an adolescent health topic. Dunbar students are seniors enrolled in a Public Health Ethics course. Students will be required to meet their high school team mated at Dunbar FOUR times throughout the term (mornings 8a-930a). Students will be responsible for transportation. Dunbar is located at 1400 Orleans St (slightly west of campus at the corner of Orleans and Caroline).