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Schools and Health


East Baltimore
2nd term
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Beth Marshall

Highlights schools as public health contexts in three ways: shaping development and behavioral outcomes of youth, delivery of health information and services, and research. Explores the school context using the ten-component Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) framework developed by the Centers for Disease Control and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Requires students to visit a school and explore the practical program implementation challenges related to provision and promotion of health in a school setting. Examines the research on the impact school health programs have on the health and wellbeing of school-age children using WSCC framework. Explores conducting research in schools and how that impacts knowledge of what works in school contexts through combination of introductory lectures, discussion, presentations, and a school site visit.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the relationship between reciprocal relationship between health and education.
  2. Analyze the structure and function of school health frameworks (including the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community framework(WSCC) )
  3. Analyze how each of the WSCC components contributes to the health and academic outcomes of students, schools, families, and communities
  4. Develop an action plan to address and/or support one component of the WSCC model in a local school
  5. Critically reflect on the integration of health and education in a local school district
  6. Identify the methodological challenges to conducting research and program evaluation in the school context
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation and two written assignments

Enrollment Restriction:

Auditors not permitted

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for undergraduate students

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