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Communication Strategies for Sexual Risk Reduction

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • M W,  10:30 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Stella Babalola

None but familiarity with a data analysis software and/or ability to conduct literature review will be useful.


Strengthens students’ understanding of adolescent sexual risk-taking. Provides a solid foundation in behavior change strategies for sexual risk-reduction from an international perspective. The literature and examples emphasize HIV, STI and teen pregnancy risk reduction. Students work in groups to perform data analysis and/or review literature. Each group develops a behavior change strategy based on evidence and with a focus on behavior change. Students select a country and a health topic by the second week of class.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the antecedents of sexual risk-taking among adolescents especially in developing countries
  2. Define the characteristics of effective sexual risk-reduction communication strategies
  3. Apply leading theories and models of sexual risk reduction from a communication perspective
  4. Identify programmatic implications of empirical data on sexual risk-taking
  5. Develop an evidence-based and theory-informed communication strategy for adolescent sexual risk-reduction
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 15% Written Assignment(s)
  • 30% Final Project
  • 20% Group Presentation
  • 15% Group Work

Instructor Consent:

No consent required