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Social Ecological Approaches to Health Regimen Adherence in Chronic Conditions

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Amy Knowlton

Addresses social approaches to promoting sustained adherence to health regimens among persons living with chronic conditions. Addresses prescribed use of medications, lifestyle changes, and retention in healthcare over time among persons living with HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and other chronic conditions. Enables students to: (1) assess adherence to health regimens, (2) identify correlates of adherence at the individual, interpersonal, and social network levels, and (3) assess major approaches and components of medical adherence interventions, and their linkage to theories of behavior change. Explores social factors impacting vulnerable populations’ medical adherence and health disparities, drawing examples from both domestic and international contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Assess medical adherence among persons living with specific chronic health conditions, including co-occurring behavioral (drug use or mental) health problems
  2. Identify correlates of medical adherence at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and social network levels from various stakeholder perspectives
  3. Identify empirically-based prosocial components of adherence interventions for various populations or health conditions
  4. Distinguish community empowerment (as compared to non-empowering or disempowering) approaches to adherence intervention for chronic conditions
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 15% Participation
  • 25% Self-assessments
  • 25% Homework
  • 35% Final Presentation

Enrollment Restriction:

Graduate students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required